The Famagusta General Hospital is normally operating from today, June 1st, since patients with coronavirus will be treated on an independent floor, with a separate entrance.
As Amalia Hatzigianni, Scientific Director of the General Hospitals of Larnaca – Famagusta, told KYPE, “today 15 patients with coronavirus are being treated at the Reference Hospital, while one person is in the Intensive Care Unit as he needs closer monitoring. The Famagusta Hospital currently reaches 20% of its fullness while the average age of patients is 54 years, with the youngest being 32 years old and the oldest 76 “.
At the same time, he described as “pleasant the fact that as of today, the Famagusta Hospital, which for 14 months has been operating as a Referral Hospital for patients with coronavirus, is reopening so that people who need special treatments or have to undergo surgery can be accommodated. surgery. Also, the public of the free province of Famagusta, which was deprived for so many months of the services offered by their Hospital, can again start visiting doctors of all specialties “.
Ms. Hatzigianni “appealed to patients to start visiting Famagusta Hospital both to see their doctors and to reschedule appointments which due to the coronavirus pandemic and the fact that the hospital did not accept other patients, had. “People can now visit the Hospital without fear, since patients with coronavirus will be treated in an isolated ward with a separate entrance located on the side of the building.”
Answering a relevant question, he said that “the main reason we arrived today at the normal reopening of the Hospital, is because the cases have been greatly reduced in the community, vaccinations have increased rapidly and a large percentage of the population has been vaccinated.” Thus, he added, “we are now safer and more free to return to our normalcy and daily life.”
To another question, Ms. Hatzigianni answered that “despite the very good epidemiological picture of Cyprus and the vaccination of a large part of the population, it would be naive to say that we have reached the end of the pandemic.”
“Today's start of the summer season, which supports the reduction of coronavirus cases, should not reassure us but we must be cautious and strictly follow the rules and hygiene measures,” he said.
Regarding the expansion of the Famagusta General Hospital, he said that “with the completion of the works, the public hospital acquires another 54 beds, which allows the development of other medical specialties, such as ophthalmology and urology, which never existed in the hospital. At the same time, surgeries can be developed, something that is expected to give great relief to the inhabitants of the free province of Famagusta “.
He also noted that “doctors of new specialties have already been hired at the Hospital, who can develop the specific services, thus offering patients the opportunity to visit the public hospital for treatment.”
Ms. Hatzigianni also referred to the treatment of patients with coronavirus and said that “these people will be accommodated from today on the third floor that will operate completely independently and will have its own Intensive Care Unit.” He also said that “the floor will have an external staircase, offering separate access for patients with Covid-19 and giving a sense of security to the public who may not want to enter a hospital where people with coronavirus were treated.”