HYGEIA Group Stands by the Refugees
As part of its extensive Corporate Social Responsibility program and its efforts to support vulnerable social groups, HYGEIA Group offered free-of-charge diagnostic tests and medical supplies, as well as clothing, footwear and personal hygiene items to the Syrian refugees hosted at MITERA Hospital.
In the last month, a total of 110 refugees, including 62 children, have been hosted at MITERA. All the refugee families received proper medical care, while all the necessary tests were performed so they could receive treatment, based on their medical history. Around 200 diagnostic tests have been performed, while throughout their hospitalization, the refugees were monitored by internists and pediatricians, in cooperation with the nursing staff. Their needs were recorded daily and they were referred to the relevant medical specialties (pediatric urologists, pediatric neurologists, ophthalmologists, ENT specialists, radiologists, gynecologists and dermatologists) when deemed necessary, for further evaluation.
Two successful childbirths also took place during this time. The two neonates were closely monitored by a pediatrician/neonatologist, while the mothers were trained by the nursing staff in caring for and feeding their babies.
Furthermore, toys were distributed to the refugee children, who were entertained daily in the outdoor playground or the MITERA play area, where they made drawings or played with puzzles, accompanied by nurses, an interpreter and their parents.
Commenting on the initiative, HYGEIA Group’s Chairwoman, Ms Areti Souvatzoglou, noted, “We could not but show interest in the dramatic plight experienced by the thousands of refugees in Greece and support their vision for a better life. I would like to personally thank all the medical and nursing staff who assisted in caring for the refugees and especially Ms Eleftheria Krikeli, Director of the MITERA Hospital 1st Internal Medicine Clinic, for her major contribution during this time. True to its commitment towards society, HYGEIA Group has always been standing by the people in need, fully supporting the social responsibility initiatives it undertakes.”