The second and final stage of GHS implementation, includes introduction of all the remaining healthcare services

The implementation of the second and final phase of the General Health System, GHS, begins on Monday, 1st June.

The second and final stage of GHS implementation, includes introduction of all the remaining healthcare services, i.e. inpatient healthcare and services, services offered by allied health professionals (clinical dieticians, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, physiotherapists, and clinical psychologists), nurses and midwifes, the accident and emergency departments, ambulance services, dentists, palliative healthcare services and medical rehabilitation services.

GHS Director, Andreas Papaconstantinou told CNA that the second stage begins with a very large participation from the private sector, reaching almost 100%. Together with the State Health Services Organisation, he said, and the eight biggest hospitals on the island, they will be a great force in the second phase of the health system with 75-80% bed capacity on a pancyprian level, covering the needs of all districts.
He said there is close coordination with the Pancyprian Medical Association (PIS), as well as the private clinics association PASIN and all health professionals.
He urged the people to be patient and allow time for the system to operate. He said he anticipate some problems in the next few days, noting “we must monitor the system and gradually help it to overcome any problems so we can see the great benefits of the second phase”.

Contributions from the private sector go through the Income Tax and those from government employees through the Treasury.
CNA - Maria Antouna


Total number of coronavirus cases announced by Cyprus authorities exceeds 1000, three new confirmed on Saturday
Cyprus authorities announced on Saturday three new confirmed SARS-CoV-2 cases after conducting 1,699 lab tests. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,002.
One of the persons found positive is Apollon FC football player Djordje Denic, who arrived to the island from Serbia three days ago and underwent a test at the football team’s initiative. The football club issued a press release announcing that the football player tested positive.
The other two cases concern people who came into contact with other two confirmed cases announced on June 29 and June 30, as they work with them. The first person found positive, out of these four cases, had come to Cyprus from the US.  The tests for the two persons announced as positive cases today were carried out at the initiative of the company which employees them.
A press release issued by the Ministry of Health said that all three positive cases announced on Saturday were detected out of 329 lab tests carried out at the private initiative.  
Moreover no positive cases were detected from 157 lab tests carried out in the framework of the programme for checking 10,000 employees who went back to work during phase B and C of easing restrictive measures, from 24 lab tests completed as part of the contact tracing programme, from 834 samples taken from passengers and repatriates, from 97 tests carried out by the Microbiological Labs of  the General Hospitals and from 249 lab tests completed as part of referrals from personal doctors and special groups screening through the public health centres.
One patient is currently being treated at Famagusta General Hospital which is the Covid-19 Reference Hospital.



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