President promises to improve health system

President Nikos Christodoulides said his government would upgrade the General Healthcare System (GHS) with the changes that need to be made to improve service. He visited Limassol General Hospital on Tuesday, accompanied by

Nurses shortage threatens health system

Private hospitals are facing a serious shortage of nursing staff, as changes brought on by the introduction of the General Health System saw many switch to state hospitals while new private health

Virus early warning system

The Health Ministry has announced the operation of the National Network of Health Observers in primary healthcare, Sentinel, to monitor respiratory viruses and possible outbreaks. The Epidemiological Surveillance and Control of Infectious

Cyprus-China sign 5-year health plan

Cyprus and China have signed a 5-year cooperation plan in the fields of health and medical sciences. Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantela and China ambassador Liu Yantao signed the plan. The five-year cooperation

COVID19: Rules for conducting safe ballot

The Health Ministry issued a series of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during Sunday’s Presidential election. It is recommended that rooms are adequately ventilated, while staff and representatives of the candidates must

WHO regional office in Cyprus

The Health Ministry signed Friday with the European Regional Office of the World Health Organisation an agreement to establish a Country Office in Larnaca. “Our collaboration today goes from strong to stronger,”

Influenza A outbreak concern

The government is concerned about the outbreak of Influenza A, but there is no cause for alarm, said Heath Minister Michael Hadjipantela. He urged people – especially the elderly – to get

Over 800,000 GP visits in 2022

Last year was pivotal for the General Healthcare System, with over 800,000 patients visiting a GP, said the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) that runs the GHS. “Gradually emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic,

Wave of infections stretching hospitals

Hospitals are overwhelmed as the health system comes under pressure from a wave of respiratory infections, such as Influenza A. Authorities are also concerned over COVID transmission within hospitals; visits at Paphos

Outrage over bedridden patients tied down

The Federation of Patients’ Associations (OSAK) is angered at reports of patients being mistreated at state hospitals, including being tied to their beds. Families complained that they found their loved ones tied

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