The popular tourist island of Kea, also known as Tzia and only an hour from the coast, has become the seventh Greek island to be without pediatricians, joining Kythira, Paros, Sifnos, Kythnos, Patmos and Serifos, according to the Athens Medical Association (ISA).
In addition to the 800 children of the island and several newborns that lack a required specialized treatment, the needs of the 3,000 residents of Kea are expected to be covered by only one general practitioner, and, as noted, the island’s population is being increased by about 1,000 visitors over the weekends.
As the residents of Kea complained to ISA , at the moment there is only one GP serving in the Multipurpose Community Clinic of Kea, given that both rural doctors recently resigned their posts along with the island’s only pediatrician and the only nurse in existence is absent due to maternity leave.
“We demand an immediate solution,” said ISA President Giorgos Patoulis, while adding that if the island is not staffed with doctors, the association will support the health of the island’s citizens with volunteer physicians.
“We will not allow some people’s neglect to cost other people’s lives,” stated Patoulis while highlighting that, “It is an urgent need for the existence of a national planning over Health reconstruction for the border islands that will aim at an equal accessibility to such a basic good, that one of health.”