A severe gastroenteritis outbreak in Viotia region of Greece, after a mass gathering and dinner in a local tavern, has lead to one death so far and some dozens of hospitalizations and set on Emergency the Greek Centers o f Disease Control that is conducting on the spot outbreak investigation . It is said that the mass food poisoning which has shocked the local community is due to salmonella, but the CDC of Greece, has not yet officially announced the laboratory results .
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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 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.
Alexis Tsipras, leader of SYRIZA who refreshed his people’s trust on his face, personally this time, by a smashing electoral victory on Sunday’s 20th election, has been sworn in as prime minister on Monday afternoon, and his government is expected to be sworn in a couple of hours.
SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras party, that had been split in a dramatic way one month earlier, came this time first with 35.473%, followed by a difference of 7,5% by the opposition party New Democracy, with 28.09%.
Soon after the announcement of the voting results, Tsipras told the media that as Independent Greeks (ANEL) party leader Panos Kammenos – his coalition partner in the former government – had publicly expressed his support, there has been a majority, therefore the way was open to form the government which he did, as soon as he was presented on Monday by the president of the republic with a mandate on Monday.
But Greece’s actual Crisis has no moment to wait, especially the Migration influx crisis, which stiflingly overloaded the biggest Aegean isle, reaching the peak of this oveload on the peak of the tourisistc season of this island on mid August till the first 10 days of September. On Wednesday, Alexis Tsipras will attend the emergency European Council meeting on the migrants issue where he will also represent Cyprus Republic President Nicos Anastasiades, by request of the latter, who is in the United States.
On Sunday, Tsipras will attend the United Nations conference, where he is expected to meet with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a reception for country leaders.
Tsipras’ now Emergency political priority as he said would be the proposal of the founding of a council on European issues, modelling the national council of foreign policy, where representatives of parties may participate institutionally, provide information and table proposals.
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