Inaugurated the Child Psychiatric Clinic of “Karamandani”

The Psychiatric Clinic of the General Children’s Hospital of Patras “Karamandaneio” was inaugurated today by the Minister of Health, Vassilis Kikilias, accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Health Vassilis Kontozamanis, the Deputy Minister of Health, Zoe Raptis and Mr. Yipis Yipis.

This is the only child psychiatric structure in the Peloponnese, for the creation of which the Ministry of Health subsidized in November 2019 the Karamandaneio Hospital with the amount of 200,000 euros from the Public Investment Program.

The Child Psychiatric Clinic is fully staffed with 34 staff (child psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, administrators and other staff).

For the operation of the Clinic, a series of interventions were carried out, such as extension of the computer program, installation of modern medical equipment, computers and televisions, creation of a “quiet room”, kitchen, dining room, clothing areas, etc. After the inauguration, the Minister of Health, Vassilis Kikilias, stressed: “You see that the political leadership of the Ministry of Health is here. Children and the mentally ill are our first priority. The hotel part of the National Health System must be such that can welcome our fellow citizens in need but also our healthcare, doctors, nurses as well as administrative and service agents to be able to work in such a high quality space and perform better.With RRF, the huge program that our Government, the Government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has managed to bring to the country for the next months and years, is a first class opportunity, a great opportunity to upgrade the National System in terms of buildings, energy, digital and equipment. Health “said the minister and added:

“I would like to remind you that for many years, for more than a decade, this has not been possible due to restrictive fiscal policies. It is a great opportunity for the NSS, which should not be missed. The Freedom program, which We have organized and implemented, it concerns safety and Public Health.The universal vaccination of the entire population is the largest health operation ever carried out in the country.I think it is done in such a way- organized, with dignity, with professionalism and a smile from the health professionals us – which essentially activates a new contact of the Greek state with the citizens, just as the average Greek family deserves to have when addressing the National Health System “.

For her part, Ms. Rapti noted: “The Ministry of Health strengthens the Mental Health structures throughout the country and especially the structures related to the Mental Health of our children. Today we inaugurated child psychiatric beds in Karamandaneio. It is very important that both the staff with which the Clinic has been strengthened, as well as the material and technical infrastructure, are perfect, are modern, are properly adapted for children and we hope that in the near future we will further strengthen the Mental Health structures throughout the country.

The pandemic has put a lot of pressure on children and adolescents, more than the rest of the population, which is why we are strengthening our structures. But not just the pandemic. “The ten-year economic crisis has decimated these structures and we are strengthening them in both personnel and logistical infrastructure, hoping to provide better services in the coming years.”


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