The Deputy Minister of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias, called on the residents of Patras to take measures against the pandemic, saying that the situation in the city is marginal.
Mr. Hardalias paid a visit to the city of Patras where he announced the creation of a vaccination area at the Patras Port Authority and chaired a wide-ranging meeting to assess the development of the pandemic in Achaia with the participation of the Governor of Western Greece, Nektarios Farmakis Peletidis, the Governor of the 6th Health District of Peloponnese, Ionian Islands, Epirus and Western Greece, Ioannis Karvelis, as well as representatives of all relevant bodies for the management of the pandemic.
Afterwards, the Undersecretary carried out an autopsy for the final location of the new mega vaccination center of the Civil Protection that is planned to operate in the facilities of the Patras Port Authority (OLPA) and noted in a relevant statement: The situation in Achaia is marginal. I appeal to all the inhabitants of the region of Achaia, but also of Western Greece.
In the coming days to stay committed to the observance of the measures. The situation in our hospitals is just as dire. You realize that at the same time that a huge effort is being made through the vaccination program so that we can slowly return to normal, we can not risk dangerous situations. The state does what it has to do to stand by our health care providers who are making a huge effort.
In any case, each of us must take our own responsibility. I know a huge effort has been made. I know that this whole route has created a lot of fatigue. We all want to get back to normal. But it is time that especially in the region [of Achaia], we all need to observe the measures. The possibility of walking, the possibility of extroversion is a given.
However, the observance of the measures, the mask, the distances, is very important. This should be clear in the coming days. We can not afford more cases or the positive indicators we see now. An appeal, a request in the coming days to be extremely careful ".
Answering relevant questions, he stressed: "I appeal especially to young people. Responsibility to our fellow human beings, to our loved ones is an individual responsibility and everyone must take it […] The situation is marginal, I repeat. I want to ask everyone to be coordinated in complying with the measures.
We will do everything we need to do - a "mini" mega vaccination center is already being prepared to be installed with 16 lines that will do 900 vaccinations daily, ie 23.500 vaccinations per month. This will be done here, at the premises of the Patras Port Authority, under the responsibility of the Civil Protection and with the assistance of the medical staff of the Armed Forces. The help we have from the Region and from the Municipality is given, our cooperation is very good ".
Nikos Hardalias also noted that the new vaccination center in Patras is expected to open in April and underlined: "We have made a huge effort that is recognized throughout Europe - and until we build the wall of immunity no one will be left helpless [… ] It is a very difficult route where we all feel pressure, discomfort and fatigue, but we have reached the last mile. And this mile we have to travel with as few losses as possible […] Every day we measure the data, every day, in collaboration with our epidemiologists, we move on to the next step ".
Finally, Nikos Hardalias visited the University General Hospital of Patras in Rio, where he was welcomed by Assoc. Commander, Dimitris Bakos. Accompanied by the Professor of Infectious Diseases and a member of the National Committee for the Protection of Public Health Against Koronovi, Charalambos Gogos, spoke with members of the Administration and the medical staff, especially the employees in the ICU and Covid-19 units of the Hospital.
The Undersecretary warmly thanked the staff for the daily struggle and self-sacrifice he shows in his effort to deal with the pandemic, emphasizing that all employees of the Hospital are on the front line of the battle and have the full gratitude of the State and the entire Greek of the people.
In his statements, after the end of the visit, he stressed: "From the first moment, the work of the Civil Protection was on the fringes of our health effort. With them in the front line we try through the traces, our assistance, to build that sealing wall that is needed to limit the spread of the virus […] A big thank you to our health. "Our cooperation with the Ministry of Health was good from the first moment and on behalf of all the staff of the Civil Protection we warmly thank our health workers here in Achaia, all over Greece".
During his visit to Patras, the Undersecretary was accompanied by a staff of officials from the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.