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Saturday, December 4, 2021

In Arkalochori and Rethymno the Deputy Minister of Health Zoe Rapti

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The General Hospital of Rethymno was visited today by the Deputy Minister of Health, Zoe Rapti, where she held a wide-ranging meeting, which was attended by the Administration of the 7th RAE and the Hospital, the Directorate of the Psychiatric Clinic and a representative of the employees.

During her visit, she met with the Association of Parents, Guardians and Friends of People with Autism in the Prefecture of Rethymno, where they discussed the strengthening of actions for Autism in the Prefecture of Rethymnon.

He also visited the Integrated Addiction Treatment Unit of OKANA.

Afterwards, the Undersecretary chaired a meeting in the Rethymnon Sub-Region, with the participation of the Rethymnon Deputy Regional Governor M. Lionis, the Rethymnon MP, I. Kefalogiannis, the Administration of the 7th RAE and the Hospital, representatives of the city and representatives of the city.

The meeting examined the current state of Mental Health services in the Prefecture of Rethymnon and the creation of new structures and Mental Health programs.

After the visit, the Deputy Minister of Health stated:

"I am pleased to visit Rethymno today, a city that always pays special attention to Mental Health issues, contributing substantially to the improvement of the services provided.

I had the opportunity to discuss with the local government and service agents of the island about the needs of upgrading the Mental Health services in the city and the proposed actions and actions, in view of the new NSRF Programming Period 2021-2027.

Also, during my visit to the Integrated Addiction Treatment Unit of OKANA, I confirmed its important contribution to the local community of Rethymnon, with targeted actions and programs for the awareness, prevention and treatment of addictions.

Finally, I found out the excellent work of the Association of Parents, Guardians and Friends of People with Autism of the Prefecture of Rethymno and we launched the creation of a Multipurpose Autism Unit ".

Then, the Deputy Minister of Health visited Arkalochori in the Prefecture of Heraklion. He participated in a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, L. Avgenakis, the Mayor of Arkalochori Emm. Fraggakis, the Metropolitan of Arkalochori, Viannos and Kastelli Mr. Andreas, and the Commander of the 7th RAE, where and the policies implemented to enhance the mental health of the inhabitants of the earthquake-stricken areas, with an emphasis on children and adolescents.

From the first day of the seismic activity, the Mobile Unit of the University General Hospital of Heraklion has moved to Arkalochori, offering psychosocial support services to the residents, while conducting on-site visits.

This action will continue reinforced with further specialized staff, in cooperation of PAGNI with NPIDs funded and supervised by the Ministry of Health.

At the end of the visit, Ms. Rapti stated:

"Today I am in Arkalochori in the prefecture of Heraklion, which, unfortunately, was recently hit by a strong earthquake with severe material damage and the loss of a fellow human being. I feel the need to express in practice my support and encouragement to the people of this place.

I was informed about the operation of the Mobile Unit that was installed in Arkalochori from the first day of the seismic activity to provide psychosocial support to our earthquake-stricken fellow citizens.

Listening carefully to the staff of the Mobile Unit, the issue of its reinforcement was raised. Soon, we will proceed with its further staffing with specialized mental health professionals in order to operate smoothly, providing its services in the area.

I am pleased to note the important work of the Mobile Unit, a particularly effective model of providing immediate support to the Community, which will be supported and further developed in our country.

Already, the Ministry of Health during the planning of the new NSRF and the Recovery Fund, has given special emphasis to community services and in particular, to the creation of a network of Mobile Units throughout the Territory.

On the occasion of the natural disasters that have hit our country in recent months, we develop case by case actions and comprehensive strategic planning for the immediate response to emergencies. In alignment with the fundamental principles of the WHO, our goal is to improve the resilience of local communities, as well as the ability to protect our fellow citizens from such situations in the future.

"Our effort continues with the aim of developing an integrated network of quality and community Mental Health services, with a focus on people, both for vulnerable groups and for the general population of our country."

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