The MMU stayed on the island for four days, from March 14th to 17th, offering free medical examinations and services to the residents of Kimolos who, during the winter months, are often cut off from the mainland due to bad weather and lack of ferry routes.
Residents of any age had the opportunity to see doctors of different specialties, from cardiology to psychology, and undergo specialized medical examinations, including, among others, ultrasounds, mammography, Pap tests, electrocardiograms, and bone density measurements. All in all, 597 exams and 556 appointments took place. The examinations were complemented by lectures regarding healthy eating, and first aid lessons led by specialized professionals.
The Mobile Medical Units are the result of an initiative undertaken by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and carried out, with the exclusive support of the SNF, by the NGO Regeneration & Progress, in collaboration with Health Units SA. On each mission to islands and isolated areas of Greece, the Mobile Medical Units are accompanied by doctors, qualified nursing and technical staff, and medical school students, among others.
Since the launch of the program in January 2014, a total of 44 missions to remote areas of Greece have been completed. The aim of the program is to ensure equal access to high-quality health services for all residents of the country.
Click here to watch a short documentary about the recent visit of the Mobile Medical Units to Schoinousa, in early January, 2019.