Government will do its utmost to enhance services for thalassaemia patients, Minister assures

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou has pledged that the government will do its utmost so that doctors, other health professionals and researchers will have access to the necessary tools in order to enhance the services provided to thalassaemia patients.

The Health Minister was addressing a two-day workshop for the preparation of the National Strategy for the holistic treatment, prevention and elimination of Mediterranean anemia in Cyprus, according to a press release published by the Press and Information Office.

“By continuously activating all interested parties and by uniting forces we are able to acquire knowledge and to implement new methods” to the benefit of patients, he noted.

Ioannou said that the re-organisation of Cyprus health system and the role the ministry will have in drafting new strategies and updating existing ones will become an important tool in supporting public health.

To this extent, he added, the cabinet approved about one year ago the establishment of a national thalassaemia commitee, aiming to modernise the services offered.

At the same time, the foundations were laid in order to showcase Cyprus as an international reference point for thalassaemia, he pointed out.

Ioannou also expressed his “sincere appreciation” to the National Committee of Thalassaemia and its President Panos Egglezos, for undertaking the initiative to organise the workshop with a view to develop the thalassemia management programme as implemented in Cyprus, and to provide new tools on the national control programme.

Source: Cyprus News Agency