Visit of the Regional Governor to the General Hospital of Kefalonia || Road map for the upgrade of the new wing of the Argostoli Hospital and supply of its equipment, as well as that of Mantzavinatio || Need for utilization with recruitment of medical and other auxiliary staff through the eight million euros available from the NSRF Ionian Islands

The Regional Governor was accompanied on this visit by the Deputy Regional Heads of Social Cohesion, Public Health and Employment Melita Andrioti, Kefalonia & Ithaca Stavros Travlos of Agricultural Economy and Development of the Rural Area by Dimitris Kouritis Director, the Director of the Nursing School Nikos Montesanto , and the President of the Employees’ Association Costas Tsimaras.

They were informed about the current issues and exchanged views on the problems of the Hospital both in building and material infrastructure, as well as in human resources.

It was once again established that the clinics use immediate maintenance and repairs since no substantial intervention has been made since the 2014 earthquakes . Ways to immediately launch the restoration of the new wing were discussed with the inclusion of studies and the project either in the Recovery Fund or in the NSRF .

The course of the tender for the medical equipment of the clinics as well as other services of the hospital was examined , while they also discussed the development regarding the tender for the equipment of the General Hospital of Lixouri ” Mantzavinatio” amounting to 497,000 euros through NSRF Ionian Islands .

Regarding the operation of   the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), they agreed that a necessary condition is to be staffed with the appropriate and specialized staff required, as well as for the Psychiatric Clinic .

Regional Minister Rodi Kratsa – Tsagaropoulou informed that she has extensively reported the particular problems and shortcomings of the General Hospital of Argostoli to the Ministers of Health , and asked for their support for its staff in order to meet the needs of residents’ safety and quality public services.

At the same time, she expressed her warm thanks for the contribution of the medical and nursing staff to the operation of the Hospital and to the treatment of the special conditions due to the pandemic.

He also discussed about the Nursing School of Kefalonia for whose facilities it was proposed by the Administration that they should be demolished and the construction of new modern ones that meet the educational needs and requirements of the time should proceed and asked for the appropriate preparation of studies for the project program.

For his part, the president of the Workers’ Association after expressing his recognition for the support of the Ionian Islands Region to date and the efforts made and asked for the assistance of the Governor so that the staff hired due to the needs of covid19 with fixed-term contracts to be converted to indefinite time so as not to disrupt the operation of the hospital .

The Deputy Regional Head of Public Health Melita Andrioti undertook the systematic monitoring of all issues during the implementation but also immediately for the information of the members of the Regional Council at its next meeting.

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