The Greek government continued its tactics, reminiscent of authoritarian-style regimes of older days, by alleging the recent article published by British media outlet “Guardian”, which outlined the atrocious conditions in the Greek public hospitals, was more or less a fabricated piece of reporting, despite the fact that the article covered the period of 2011 and 2012 when SYRIZA was not in power.
In the culmination of its conspiracy theories against the press, the government released a non-paper alleging that reports of a rise in social security contributions was an “attempt to terrorize the citizens”
Comment Protothema, January3, 2017
Experts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) had visi ed Zakynthos island investigating a spate of postoperative complications at the Ionian island’s general hospital.
No offical conclusions of the clinical investigation has been announced so far, as of January 3, 2017 ...Read Full Post »
Greek former MP Thanos Plevris life has been extremely seriously threatened after entering Greek hospital for a routine operation which led to an HAI infection, and been moved to intensive care unit by acute septicemia
After staying for at least one week at the ICU of Athens Medical Hospital , when chances for saving his life were deterior...Read Full Post »
The Hellenic center for disease control and prevention has launched the "Prokroustes" nationwide action plan to tackle HAI. Carbapenem resistance rates have been contained for Klebsiella pneumoniae and Acinetobacter baumannii but not for Pseudomonas aeruginosa. More worryingly, in accordance with their overuse against carbapenem-resistant bacteria, resistance rates to colistin and tigecycline have risen significantly.
despite the country’s financial crisis, it is possible to reduce the occurrence of HAIs, with the implementation of simple preventive and infection control programs, as international data has shown that more than 50% of HAIs can be prevented by implementing such programs.These programs focus
- on the continuous surveillance of HAIs and their respective prevention practices
- on the continuous disclosure of such data to the medical and nursing staff and to hospital administrators
- and on the training of health professionals in prevention practices.
CLEO a nonprofit organization, founded by the grant of Stavros Niarchos Foundation to improve patients' safety and health services in Greek hospitals
It is feared the crisis could further penetrate Europe as displaced migrants enter from a war-torn Middle East, where countries such as Syria have increasing levels of antibiotic resistance.Dr Brown said undelying that “It is almost too late” He said: “In 2016, a number of factors are coming together - including the effects of the migration crisis
Dr David Brown, director at Antibiotic Research UK , Dec. 2015
In at least 3 countries (Italy, Greece and Malta) the resistance to last-line antibiotics has become an “endemic problem”, meaning their hospitals are unable to treat patients infected with resistant bacteria.
Southern Europe, places such as Italy and Greece, and the Middle East are more under threat because of weaker health systems and weaker monitoring systems. India, especially, could be in real trouble.
The migration crisis will probably not be helping anything as a lot of people coming over from Syria could be bringing bugs
According to a report by the European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control (ECDC), Greek patients rank first in Europe in antibiotics consumption and fourth in nosocomial infections.
These two “records” are directly connected the one with the other as antibiotics overuse is a chronic problem in Greece which has created multi-resistant germs. “The survey confirms that healthcare-associated infections pose a major public health problem and a threat to European patients,” said Marc Sprenger, ECDC Director, according to a statement
Greek hospitals are in such dire straits that staff are failing to keep up basic disease controls such as using gloves and gowns, threatening a rise in multidrug-resistant infections, according to Europe's top health official
"We already knew Greece is in a very bad situation regarding antibiotic resistant infections, Marc Sprenger, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). said , underlying that the situation means patients with highly infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) may not get the treatment they need, raising the risk that dangerous drug-resistant forms will tighten their grip on Europe.
Bruce Gamage, manager of B.C.’s Provincial Infection Control Network, said special protocols have been in place in Canada hospitals for ill patients returning from Greece.. and not only .
“They stay in their own room, and everyone who goes in the room wears gowns and gloves.” said Gamage.”We stress handwashing, to ensure it doesn’t get spread around the hospital.”
Dr. Linda Hoang, a medical microbiologist with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, said some of the CRE carriers contracted the bacteria due to a recent phenomenon known as “medical tourism” ... find source
Victorian hospitals are told to strictly enforce infection control measures after being warned about a new antibiotic-resistant superbug called KPC which is believed to be responsible for eighteen deaths since 2012.
“We’re advising now that our system is on heightened alert.”
Dr Romanes , Victorian state chief officer, said hospitals have been urged to introduce new interim screening requirements to pick up the bacteria, which is typically found in Greece and Italy.
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People preparing for surgery should always have a bath or shower but not be shaved, and antibiotics should only be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, not afterwards, according to new guidelines from WHO that a...
A spike of gastroenteritis cases has been recently noticed in Greece, the Greek CDC (Hellenic Cennter of Disease Control and Prevention ) said on a press release on Wedneday December 28.
According to the Greek CDC (HCDCP/ KEELPNO) epidemiological surveillance, there are sings of sporadic outbreaks...
Five mayors of Athens' coastal suburbs warned of the "enormous" health risks posed by a nearby camp housing over 4,000 migrants and refugees.
"The conditions are out of control and present enormous risks to the public health," the mayors complained in a letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in reference to the camp at Hellinikon, the site of Athens' old airport.
A total of 4,153 people, including many families, have been held there for the last month in miserable conditions.
"The number of people is much higher than the capacity of the place and there are serious hygiene problems," local mayor Dionyssis Hatzidakis told AFP.
He and his four fellow mayors from the area cited a document from Greece's disease prevention centre KEELPNO warning of the "the danger of disease contagion due to unacceptable housing conditions" at the site which they say has no more than 40 chemical toilets.by AFP,
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