The inhabitants of the island were apprised of the new MMU arrival date last week and were looking forward to seeing the doctors and undergoing various free medical examinations, including ultrasounds, mammograms, Pap tests, electrocardiograms, and bone density tests. All in all, a total of 993 examinations and 785 medical tests for 512 individuals were provided by the medical team, while the Sports Excellence team provided fencing lessons and practice collaborating through games to nearly 90 children. During the stay of the Mobile Medical Units, the residents had the opportunity to attend lectures on healthy eating, learning difficulties, and first aid 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 45 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 Schoinoussa, in early January, 2019.