Πέτρος Παππάς / SOS εκπέμπει το Γενικό Νοσοκομείο Κιλκίς – «Δεν υπάρχει ΜΕΘ, εξετάζουμε ύποπτα περιστατικά στον διάδρομο»
December 1, 2020
Συνέντευξη στο ΔώΔεΚα Με ΜίΑ
January 5, 2021

Greece’s ineffective handling of Lockdown 2.0: ‘The king is naked’

Λεπτομέρειες Άρθρου:

 
Greece’s initial success in curbing COVID-19 turned the country from a black sheep into the shining example of Europe – but the reverse is true in the second wave.

Following a relatively carefree summer, the daily death tally now hovers near the three-digit mark and is still high. In fact, within 40 days, more than 2,500 coronavirus-related deaths in Greece have caused some to say the “success story” of the first phase of the pandemic was just a fluke.

Experts paint a grim picture. Dr Petros Pappas, head of the Emergency Department at the General Hospital of Kilkis in Northern Greece, points to the government’s “negative example of crisis management”, Dr Vasileios Margaritis of Walden University states the government’s strategy is “confused” and Dr Stella Ladi, Associate Professor at Queen Mary University of London and Panteion University in Athens warns of lockdown fatigue and people making “compromises”

Dr Pappas, on leave after testing positive to COVID-19 along with 60 other personnel from the hospital, told Neos Kosmos “the second phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in Greece showed that the government and the health system was unprepared” and he describes a chaotic situation at one of the hardest-hit areas of the country during the pandemic. Without a central oxygen system, medical staff on the frontline of the pandemic are forced to use mobile tanks to provide medical aid to patients.

He said that Greece’s initial response had the appearance of success due to the fact that it “occurred during a period of low mobility of population in the region” hence there was “no serious dispersion” to warrant concern.

“After a summer of mainly loose measures and mostly uncontrolled touristic flows, the dispersion of the infection since October in Greece showed that ‘the king was naked’,” Dr Pappas said.

On the frontlines of the crisis, he has witnessed serious problems. “The lack of planning and organisation, the small number of ICU beds, the lack of workforce in the public health sector and the reluctance of the Greek government to call forth the private health sector led Greece to become once again a negative example of crisis management among the European Union countries,” he said.