Greece denies healthcare to seriously ill kids, MSF

140 children deprived on Lesbos, living in very poor conditions

23 January, 17:27

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 23 - In Moria camp, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, ''the Greek government is deliberately depriving at least 140 children with chronic, complex and life-threatening diseases of adequate medical care. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling on the Greek government to act on these grave medical concerns and evacuate all severely ill children to the Greek mainland or other EU member states, where they can receive appropriate medical care,'' Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said in a statement released on Thursday. ''"We see many children suffering from medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease, who are forced to live in tents, in abysmal, unhygienic conditions, with no access to the specialised medical care and medication they need," says Dr Hilde Vochten, MSF's medical coordinator in Greece. "MSF is in discussions with the Greek authorities in order to transfer children to the mainland for urgent medical care, but despite the fact that some children were screened, none have been transferred yet." "The government's general unwillingness to find a swift, systemic solution for these children, including some babies, is outrageous - it harms their health and could lead to life-long consequences or even death," Dr Vochten said. ''In July 2019, the Greek government revoked access to public healthcare for asylum seekers and undocumented people arriving in Greece, leaving more than 55,000 people without medical care,'' the statement added.(ANSAmed).

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