On the occasion of World Health Day, President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Wednesday attended the inauguration of a new wing at the Salamina 1st Health Centre.
She was received by Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias, Salamina Mayor Giorgos Panagopoulos, the President of the "Elpida Association" for children with cancer, Marianna Vardinoyannis and Attica Region governor Giorgos Patoulis.
After the inauguration ceremony, Sakellaropoulou stressed that for the second time, World Health Day was again coinciding with a global health crisis.
"The third wave of the pandemic is testing our resilience, increasing our fears, but also intensifying the expectations arising from an acceleration of the vaccinations and the gradual build-up of collective immunity. We are at a crucial turning point in our collective effort. Every contribution to it, every contribution to the strengthening of the country's Health System, rekindles our optimism and rekindles hope,' she said.
The new facilities includes a paediatric surgery, ophthalmology surgery and dermatologist's surgery.
Sakellaropoulou hailed the initiative by the Elpida Association and Vardinoyannis, in collaboration with the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation and also marking the Thermopylae-Salamis 2020 anniversary year, to finance a new wing at the island's health centre.
"By relieving hospitals of their primary activities, they contribute to their decongestion. By emphasising prevention, seeking and diagnosing health disorders in a timely manner before they occur, identifying risks, improving quality of life and increasing life expectancy," the President added.