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Investigation into possible mishandling of case of pregnant refugee who lost twins

The Health Ministry is investigating a complaint regarding a pregnant refugee who was refused medical care at the Makarios Hospital, which resulted in the death of the twin babies she was carrying.

Health Minister Michael Hadjipantela requested an immediate investigation of the incident while last Friday he met with the woman to be briefed about the case.

Christina Giannaki, Secretary General of the Health Ministry, has already sent a letter to the secretary general of the State Health Services Organization (OKYPY) requesting an investigation.

The incident occurred last August. The woman was refused medical care because she did not have the 30 euros needed.

According to the legislation, asylum seekers in Cyprus must be treated by OKYPY and the expenses are undertaken by the state.

The woman was a recognized asylum seeker, however, she was not registered to GESY when she went to the hospital.

Nevertheless, as she was pregnant she had the right to secure a written assurance from the Health Insurance Organization and OKYPY would have treated her without any charge.

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