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Problems at Famagusta hospital dialysis unit resolved

Famagusta general hospital

Kidney patients at the Famagusta general hospital on Monday thanked the health minister after he intervened and solved long-standing problems with understaffing at the dialysis unit.

Forty-five kidney patients who receive dialysis at the hospital had staged a three-hour demonstration on Wednesday to protest against a lack of doctors and nurses.

“After the intervention of Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou, patients with infectious disease will not be transferred to Famagusta hospital from Larnaca hospital since the appropriate infrastructure does not exist,” the patients said in their letter.

“Also, the doctors who work in the hemodialysis unit will be included in the shift system to cover afternoons, weekends and holidays.”

Their third and final request has also been granted, they said.

“It was decided the two nurses working in the hemodialysis unit will not be transferred to a Covid-19 ward.”

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