The mission was part of the five-year National Primary Healthcare Education and Promotion Program in island and border regions of Greece, which is supported exclusively by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Through this initiative, the residents of remote areas of the country have the opportunity to receive comprehensive, high quality, medical care and support, completely free of charge, by volunteer doctors from all specialties and highly qualified scientific personnel. In charge of the Program’s design and implementation is Dr. Panagiotis Koulouvaris, Head Lecturer at the University Orthopedic Clinic and Scientific Coordinator of the Olympic Village Polyclinic Orthopedic Department.
The mission of the Mobile Medical Units to Psara lasted for four days (July 4-7). During this time, the island’s residents had the opportunity to receive medical care and support, completely free of charge, by the group of 23 scientists and doctors from all specialties who accompany the Mobile Medical Units in each mission. The Medical Units offered citizens access to the services of a pediatrician, a gynecologist, a cardiologist, a dentist, an orthopedist, and ophthalmologist, a pulmonologist, a general surgeon, a neurologist, a psychologist, a dietician and an otolaryngologist, as well as to medical equipment required for more specialized needs (a state-of-the-art digital mammography unit, a portable X-ray machine, and a bone density scanner).
More specifically, in Psara, the team examined a total of 249 inhabitants out of the approximately 400 permanent residents, while it performed 622 medical visits and 288 medical tests. These included 35 ultrasound scans, 62 electrocardiograms, 69 X-rays, 56 cardiac ultrasounds, 18 mammography screenings, 15 bone density scans, 14 HbA1C tests and 19 spirometries.
Furthermore, as part of the program’s contribution to improving the citizens’ quality of life, during the mission to Psara, the team gave a lecture on “Oral Hygiene” to elementary and high school children, which was also directed to their parents and guardians. Moreover, the team organized First Aid courses for the island’s residents, soldiers and port officials.
The next mission will take place in the island of Fournoi from September 19th to September 23d.