Presentation of the New Mobile Unit for Intensive Care of Newborns and Children that took place on 13/4/2021 in Nea Paralia, Thessaloniki.
Presentation Ceremony of the New Mobile Intensive Care Unit for Newborns and Children of the Organization "The Smile of the Child"
The model unit for the country will cover all of Northern Greece based in Thessaloniki
Presentation ceremony of the New Model Mobile Medical Unit for Intensive Care of Newborns and Children of the Organization "To Hamogelo tou Paidou", which will be used in Northern Greece for the transport of newborns and children, took place in Thessaloniki on Tuesday 13 April 2021. The model for the country A new unit based in Thessaloniki will strengthen the National Health System and will contribute substantially to tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
The functional and technical specifications of the unit allow the transport of serious cases of children and newborns with health problems and is fully equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, while utilizing the potential of technology even with telemedicine. It is pointed out that all the Mobile Medical Units of the Organization "The Smile of the Child" are made available to EKAB and are staffed by rescuers of the Organization, certified by IEK EKAB. It is worth mentioning that in Thessaloniki, after the integration of the new unit, a total of 3 Mobiles of the Intensive Care Unit for Newborns and Children of the Organization will now operate.
The ceremony took place in the presence of the Chairman of the Board. of the Organization "To Hamogelo tou Paidou", Mr. Costas Giannopoulos, while with their presence honored with their presence the Deputy Minister in charge of Macedonia Thrace, Mr. Stavros Kalafatis, the Regional Governor of Central Macedonia, Mr. Apostolos Tzitikofestikou, Mr. , the Deputy Regional Minister of Health, Mr. Christos Mittas, the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Mr. Konstantinos Zervas, the Deputy Mayor of Finance, Mr. Michalis Koupkas, the Deputy Mayor of Social Policy, Mr. Haris Aidonopoulos, the Governor of the 4th District, Mr. Dimitris Tsalikakis and the Deputy Governor Mrs. Efi Vassiliadou, the President of EKAB, Mr. Papaefstathiou Nikos and the Vice President of the Panhellenic Federation of Personnel EKAB, Mr. Hierotheos Giamouridis. Particularly important was the internet connection made with the Special Secretary of the Special Secretariat for the Management of Sectoral Operational Programs (OP) of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund, Mr. Zervos Giorgos and the presence of the Head of the Special Office for the Management of European Business Programs »- INTERREG, Mrs. Angeliki Bouziani and the presence of the Coordinator of the Joint Secretariat of the INTERREG VA VA Cooperation Program" Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020 ", Mr. Papathanassiou Dimitris.
The Chairman of the Board of the Organization "The Smile of the Child", Mr. Costas Giannopoulos stated: "Today is a very important day because another Mobile Medical Unit of Intensive Care of Newborns and Children of the Organization, which was acquired with the support of the INTERREG program, is made available to EKAB . As a Voluntary Organization we support the institutions and the Public Health System, especially in this difficult time we are going through, where the front line people are fighting hard every day against the pandemic, trying to cope with their demanding function and to support the citizens.
We stand by them, support their work and try to give them opportunities and tools that will strengthen their struggle. "
The Deputy Minister in charge of Macedonia Thrace, Mr. Stavros Kalafatis stated: "The National Health System is being strengthened today with the most modern ambulance for transporting newborns and children. The European Regional Development Fund was used for its acquisition, as well as national resources. The project "The Smile of the Child" deserves real congratulations for this project, because with this action and with this initiative it shields the health of our children. It is worthwhile for us all to be together in these efforts. "
The Regional Governor of Central Macedonia, Mr. Apostolos Tzitzikostas stressed: "I am really glad that we are here today to deliver" The Smile of the Child "to EKAB the New Standard Mobile Medical Unit for Intensive Care of Newborns and Children, which was especially needed in our area. The Region of Central Macedonia, all these years, has worked closely with "The Smile of the Child" in its very important social and responsible work. In the next period, we are preparing together a series of initiatives to support all children in need. "
On his part, the President of EKAB, Mr. Papaefstathiou Nikos stated: "I am in Thessaloniki today to receive the New Standard Mobile Medical Unit for Intensive Care of Newborns and Children of the Organization" The Smile of the Child ". It should be emphasized that, in the context of providing a high level of pre-hospital care, the National Emergency Center utilizes all appropriate means, such as the new unit of the Organization, which will certainly be able to improve services to newborns and children, transporting them. with safety. We would like to emphasize that this cooperation is timeless. "The" Smile of the Child "supports the actions of EKAB and whenever needed is on our side, especially during the pandemic, being a special ally."
The Mayor of Thessaloniki, Mr. Konstantinos Zervas stated: "It is extremely important that our city and Central Macedonia, after the initiative of the Organization" The Smile of the Child ", is equipped with a mobile unit for newborns and children, a unit that did not exist until today. It is important that the funding came from the INTERREG program and that it is now in the services of our city and our region. We are very happy for the initiatives of the organization and for the cooperation between us. "
An internet connection was made with the Special Secretary of the Special Secretariat for the Management of Sectoral Operational Programs (OP) of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund, Mr. Zervos Giorgos, who stressed: Knowing for many years the purpose, the effort and especially the work of the Organization "The Smile of the Child", we are happy that today this act became a reality through the financing of the actions by the project Intersyc II, the Cooperation Program INTERREG VA Greece -Bulgaria 2014-2020 ”, which is a continuation of the previous programming period with the INTERSYC project. From our side we contribute to the common effort, to the common struggle and we hope "The Smile of the Child" to continue its work for many more years. We will continue to actively support actions for children in great need, especially at this time. " For her part, the Head of the Special Service for the Management of Operational Programs of the "European Territorial Cooperation" Objective - INTERREG, Ms. Angeliki Bouziani added that "The successful cooperation of the program with" The Smile of the Child "started in the previous programming period 2007-2013 with the INTERSYC project and continues to this day. "Our common goal is to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the cross-border area of Greece - Bulgaria, with emphasis on the prevention and treatment of phenomena that threaten children."
It was acquired in the framework of the actions of the project "Integrated Territorial Synergies for Health and Child Protection II (Integrated Territorial Synergies for Children Health and Protection II) - INTERSYC II" of the European Territorial Cooperation Program "Interreg VA" Greece - Bulgaria 2014-2020 ”co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and from national resources of the participating countries.
The aim of INTERSYC II is to develop tools for the protection of children at risk and to improve the level of Health and Social Care services for children. The project consists of a comprehensive set of activities aimed at improving the quality of life of children in cross-border areas.