Reinforcement of national health system structures on affected regions

This action is implemented with a view to decreasing the reporting additional workload of the national health system that has become excessive particularly on the affected regions. Refugees and migrants remaining on the country unavoidably originate an additional burden on the public health system structures (public hospitals, primary health centers, etc) as well as on the operation of the National Centre for Emergency Care (EKAB).


On the basis of the experience gained during the last months, a significant part of the refugee/migrant population living in open camps, is transferred daily to public health system structures in order to deal with emergent as well as with chronic health issues.


Furthermore, a large number of refugees/migrants is children, needed a special and scientifically complete treatment especially in cases where the identification of a minor is compelled. The age identification is strongly related to the manner of treating an asylum application as well as to the type of support provided in the reception country.


Moreover, health professionals must be aware of the refugees’ age in order to determine the appropriate treatment as to report the case if necessary to the corresponding public health structures.


At the same time, they will gather demographic data in order to record the educational and psychosocial needs of each minor refugee/migrant while referring the most severe cases to the appropriate psychologists and social workers of each camp.


The National Center for Emergency Care (EKAB) is expected to be further reinforced with additional personnel for being able to carry out transports from the refugee camps to the public health structures.