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First medical clinic for swine flu prevention opened yesterday

21 August 2009 / 15:08:06  GRReporter
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The first medical clinic oriented towards care for swine flu patients began working.

The clinic is located on Solomonos Str. 78 and is the first of seven offices that are expected to open by the end of the month.

The clinic has a general practitioner, a pediatrician, nurses and administrative personnel. The work of the clinic mainly consist of conducting a quick test in order to find out if the patient is or is not infected with the flu. It will be open Monday-Friday, eight hours per day.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Minister of health, and Athens mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis pledged to take proactive measures to counter the new flu; Greece is currently on fourth place in Europe in number of H1N1 carriers.

Avramopoulos emphasized that citizens need to feel secure, since the government has taken all measures needed and Greece is going to overcome the pandemic.

Mayor Kaklamanis added that by the end of the month the other municipality clinics will open, which will be later on turned into vaccination centers, thus trying to help the country cope with the disease.

What is disturbing is that the mutating virus has been discovered in two turkeys- the first case that besides human and swine, the virus infects other animals. Both turkeys are in a farm in Chilly and the authorities have announced that the farm is under control.

Meanwhile, the condition of two hospitalized patients in Greece is getting worse, and their condition is announced to be critical. Both are of age under thirty. The 53-year old French tourist condition, on the other hand, is improving.

Dilyana Ivanova

Tags: swine flu prevention clinics Greece
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