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A shocking view of lack of Hygiene safety at the reception camps in #Lesbos, by the @HRW, #Greece

It is appalling to see children with medical conditions and disabilities lying in the dirt as flies buzz around their eyes. The authorities should coordinate with humanitarian groups to ensure that people with particular needs are identified quickly and ensured access to the registration process and unhindered access to doctors.

Eva Cossé ,Greece HRW specialist

Human Rights Watch staff witnessed the confusion and tension at the Moria registration center created by the numbers of people and lack of information and interpreters. Aid workers and police at the center said that procedures have changed several times, generating more uncertainty.

  • The lack of an orderly system, including
  • the lack of interpreters and an effective communications system,
  • combined with people’s desperation to move on

has created a volatile situation, with information traveling by word of mouth and large numbers converging in a short space of time.

Human Rights Watch witnessed violent disorder on October 4, which left one man briefly unconscious. Police in riot gear used tear gas to control an unruly crowd desperate to register.

The authorities have said that people with special vulnerabilities are entitled to priority in the registration procedure, but people are not aware of this, and the police appear to have no system in place nor to make any effort to identify these groups.

“There is no planning,” one Iranian man told us, “How can they do this?”

Conditions in the makeshift camp are abysmal. UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and other humanitarian groups have provided tents but hygienic conditions are very poor.

Many people sleep outdoors, on the dirt or on little more than a blanket on the ground. There is no separation of women and children from unrelated men, raising concerns about the risk of sexual harassment and violence.

Adee, a Somali woman traveling alone with her four young children, said she was scared to be surrounded by so many men. The night before we spoke, she had awakened to find a man with his legs over her 7-year-old daughter’s body. There is no established mechanism for reporting such incidents.

“It is appalling to see children with medical conditions and disabilities lying in the dirt as flies buzz around their eyes,” Cossé said. “The authorities should coordinate with humanitarian groups to ensure that people with particular needs are identified quickly and ensured access to the registration process and unhindered access to doctors.”

We must welcome refugees with proper identification, health control and offer the correct reception conditions, but we also ave to be aware and definitely know who knocks on our door”  Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn stated , while visiting Greece and Greek Minister of Migration Yianis Mouzalas over the weekend, along with European Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos 

No country can shoulder this burden on its own. Europe will offer money and know-how,” said Asselborn.

The EU has so far spent 33 million euros on dealing with the migration crisis, officials said.

But the Municipality of Lesbos, island, has so far spent during the summer, over 1 million and 200 euros, only for providing hygiene to the island, due to the migration influx. Refugees were all over the isle, making it impossible for the local community, as well as the tourists, to step out of their doors.

But what about the more urgent preparedness on Public Health that Greece owes to itself and the Global Public Health Village, as to respond on such an unthinkable crisis, that is met on local level , but remains global , as no one could predict?

Recently a Dutch tourist that had visited Kos island, the second entry point of the refugees on the Aegean, has been transferred to Athens on severe condition and symptoms reminding cholera. His lliness has not been identified so far, but this has all over again set Greeces Public Health on the Alert

On the set up procedure of the first hotspot center that is announced to open on Lesbos next week, the municipality of Lesbos are reconsidering to include to their official proposal the health checking plan at the entry points that the Greek CDC, has proposed to the govt, early enough, though, far before the refugees crisis appeared on entry points.

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