Source: Dubai – Arabic.net
“The Savior of the Nation” … this is how the media in his country called him Greece, which was considered today, and months after the outbreak Corona Virus In the world, thousands of lives were claimed, one of the least affected countries by the epidemic.
He is a spokesman for the Greek Ministry of Health and an expert on infectious diseases, Professor Sotiris Tsiodras, who sensed the threat of the pandemic from the outset from neighboring Italy, quickly rushing to save lives that were waiting for a similar fate when thousands of Europeans suffered.
The story started with Italy’s announcement of the first infection with the new Corona virus, when Tsudras felt that the calamity was at the door, and he demanded promptly and immediately to close all facilities in which a human gathering took place, and began to partially and completely close the churches, and then gathered around him influential people in The Greek health field began a deliberate plan to ward off misfortune.
On his proposal, the authorities established an operating room of 26 scientists, and prepared 13 medical centers, while the number of deaths in Italy reached 11 people and 330 injuries, meaning that the situation was not serious even there, but the Greek epidemiologist decided to avoid evil before it happened, It is the error that most European countries made until the disease spread.
“As fast as lightning”
On February 26, Greek health recorded what was calculated for it, the first case in Greece in the city of Thessaloniki for a woman coming from northern Italy.
At lightning speed, the school where the child was injured was closed to the quarantined son.
On the very next day, 3 other cases were announced, (two in Thessaloniki and one in Athens), and the matter was again resolved, as school trips abroad, group festivals, carnivals and the Delphic Economic Forum were canceled.
“Problems and shortages”
Greece’s problems are no less than its neighbor, Italy. The country also suffers from a reeling economic situation, a shortage of medical personnel and a lack of supplies, especially medical masks, and a large proportion of the population belongs to the old age group.
However, however, the operating room immediately gave recommendations and subsequently responded to the authorities, applying the quarantine in stages.
On March 8, demonstrations on the occasion of Women’s Day were canceled, and schools, universities and kindergartens were closed.
A few days later, the sports halls, dance and sports halls, stadiums, theaters, cinemas, and nursing home visits were limited. Shows were canceled on Independence Day, and nearby bars, cafes, hairdressers, beaches, and ski resorts were closed. Then shopping malls except for groceries.
After about 10 days, an emergency message arrived on all mobile phones asking everyone to stay at home announcing the spread of the epidemic.
The authorities imposed a ban on assembly.
Reports say that the father of seven children prevails every Sunday in Deir el-Medina, and he always speaks with a calming and credible tone.
Tsudras provides a daily update to the government on the state of the coronavirus that affects the country, and provides advice that is routinely studied in the current circumstances. After inquiring from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, we repeat the advice not to wear masks except for people infected with the virus, or those who care for them, or hospital staff, stressing that “if we all practice social separation correctly, we will not need masks.”
Regarding the patients who have recovered, he stressed that the disease does not leave the affected lungs, warning those who develop serious illness and spend time in the intensive care units should be monitored for months until a year or two after recovery.
It is noteworthy that Greece had recorded 50 deaths compared to 1459 injuries to date, which made it one of the least affected countries by the new Corona epidemic despite its proximity and its contacts with Italy.
“The most important April … We will pay the price.”
In turn, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged the Greeks Thursday, to continue to adhere to the measures of public isolation and stay in their homes to stop the spread of the new Corona virus and avoid the repetition of the tragedies in other countries.
“April is the most important month … If we slacken, we will pay the price and we should not let this happen,” he told parliament. “We did not start the end phase … but we are at the end of the beginning phase … We apparently avoided the tragic events so far.” In Italy, Spain … and the United States. ”
To that, Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias indicated that the ministry is taking all necessary measures to protect citizens, even before that in many other countries, noting that many beds in hospitals have been transferred to the intensive care units.
He also thanked Kikilias Tsiodras and his team, stressing that all infectious epidemiological data are taken into consideration.