Mitsotakis: WHO's new Athens office highlights Greece is a health policy maker


Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the Regional Director for Europe of the World Health Organization Hans Kluge at the Maximos Palace.

This was for the signing of an agreement to officially open a WHO Office in Athens.

Συνάντηση Μητσοτάκη – Κλούγκε: Εύσημα στην Ελλάδα για τους εμβολιασμούς | Η  ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΗ

Present at the meeting was the Minister of Health Vassilis Kikilias, who yesterday signed the agreement with Kluge at the Ministry of Health.

The new WHO Office is the European Center of Excellence for the quality of care and safety of patients in Athens and in essence is a recognition of Greece's management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the same time, in this way, the Greek government acquires a direct and institutional cooperation with WHO.

With the WHO's knowledge and experience, the organisation can offer significant technical assistance for the training and implementation of reforms in Greece, such as Digital Transformation.

Mitsotakis welcomed "the initiative to establish a World Health Organization office in Greece for the quality of care and patient safety" and stressed that "it is an important contribution of the WHO in our effort to offer better health services for all the Greeks."

"We have worked tirelessly to support our National Health System, both with staff and infrastructure," the Prime Minister said.

"We have essentially doubled the number of ICU beds in one year, which is a permanent boost to the health system and brings us closer to the EU average for ICU beds per 100,000 population, as we had committed to," he said.

"I would like to point out that my commitment to support the National Health System is not just valid but strengthened by the pandemic," Mitsotakis added, emphasising the use of digital technology and the strengthening of primary care.

For his part, the Director of Europe of the WHO said he was impressed by the Mega Vaccination Center "Prometheus", which he visited together with the Minister of Health.

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