Kos sends message to the "heroes with masks" (VIDEO)



The Greek island of Kos, the birthplace of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, has dedicated a short video to Greece’s frontline healthcare workers.

“Doctors, medical staff, students and healthcare professionals, even retired doctors, are fighting a battle throughout the globe, with self-denial and bravery, in order to treat every single patient,” the Municipality of Kos said.

Known as the Father of Modern Medicine, Hippocrates was born on Kos in 460 BC. He studied, practiced and taught therapeutic medicine at the Asklepieion of Kos, the temple of worship of the god Asclepius, healing ground for the ill and a school for the study of medicine, which Hippocrates had instituted within the sanctuary’s area.

The Oath written by Hippocrates is considered one of the oldest binding documents in history, still held sacred by physicians.

The video is available with subtitles in three languages – English, Greek and German.

“Our island will be ready to welcome visitors as soon as health experts allow it,” the mayor added.