NewsLocalYoungest patient at Reference Hospital aged 32

Youngest patient at Reference Hospital aged 32

The percentage of unvaccinated patients suffering from COVID-19 in Cyprus hospitals is 65% and 75% at the Famagusta Reference Hospital, according to Amalia Hadjiyianni, Larnaca and Famagusta hospitals` Scientific Director.

In statemetns to CNA, Hadjiyianni said 20 COVID-19 patients are being treated at the Reference hospital, five of whom are in the Increased Care Unit as they require closer monitoring. The youngest patient is 32 years old and the oldest 74 while the average age of patients is 55.

The percentage of patients not vaccinated at the reference hospital is 75%, however, this percentage reaches 65% in all public hospitals. There are 62 people cared for at the Eden Rehabilitation Centre in Tersefanou who are waiting to test negative and be released on Friday.

Hadjiyianni said that compared to other European countries, in Cyprus there is stability in COVID admissions in hospitals due to the mass vaccination. However, she said people should continue taking personal hygiene measures and those who have not been vaccinated to be persuaded with sound arguments to get their jab.

At the same time, the number of people receiving the booster shot should increase, she added.

Hadjiyianni said the occupancy at Famagusta General Hospital, which is the island’s COVID hospital, has reached 95% and this is due to the increase in other ailments too such as cardiological problems, kidney issues, orthopaedic cases and annual influenza.

She added that since the virus is spreading rapidly in other European countries, we should strictly adhere to the measures issued from time to time by the Ministry of Health. Due to the start of the fifth COVID wave, she added, “we hope we do not reach the levels of the previous months,”  an eventuality which can be avoided with the strict implementation of all necessary measures.

Asked whether scientists are concerned by the travelling to and from Cyprus as Europe is facing a new wave of COVID, she said “we are very concerned”, adding that for this reason greater care should be paid to the SafePass, rapid test and PCR testing. There should be regular testing at all entry points and the authenticity of certificates should be checked so as not to create any problems, she noted.

She expressed the view that the verification of certificates with the new COVID application that is in effect in Cyprus will help greatly in handling the situation and resolving specific issues.

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