One of the greatest anxieties of parents, especially those who are unemployed and uninsured, the health of their children…
Teachers Health Stations of the Hellenic Red Cross, these people feel “security” as they call themselves. Their children vaccinated free of charge, monitored by a pediatrician and the same accept tips for the proper development and care of their children.
Angela is unemployed and has two boys. The largest is five years old and the smallest 16 months. We met her in the Educational Health centre of Athens, the Hellenic Red Cross. He had brought the small Charalambos to consider the pediatrician. “I’ll be here for years, from when my eldest son had his first vaccines. The pediatrician and the nurses help me in anything I need for the kids. Are people really interested.
My husband lost his job in construction and I rarely do a day laborer. Things are very difficult for us. We don’t have medical coverage and I’m worried about the health of children. Here I feel safe. It is a great comfort to us. My oldest son has a murmur. No one told us. The doctor here figured it out and referred us to do some specific tests. The nurses visit us at home. Give me tips for children’s diet and monitor their growth. It is very touching to know that people care about you. Yes, they gave me and diapers for the little one, that will meet the needs of the next 6 months. I walked in and the program, pre-paid cards of the Greek Red Cross for vulnerable groups. With this money I will be able to get something for the kids and we do Christmas.”
The Î‘Î³Î³ÎµÎ»ÎÎ¹Î´Î± is from Albania and live in Greece for 15 years. “I was late to make the vaccines of the small because I’m unemployed and I don’t have insurance. No one could help us. Here they help us really. We did the first four vaccines. The people of the Red Cross they really care for our children”.
The vaccination programme of the Hellenic Red Cross, for the fourth year in a row, courtesy of the company P&G in cooperation with the chain super market Sklavenitis, implemented by the Educational Health Stations of Athens, Kallithea. Located at the Area of Nursing, covering 9 key diseases.
At the same time, in 2017, will be distributed to 80,000 diapers for babies and infants of vulnerable groups. “We’re inoculating all children, from any country, Greeks and immigrants who do not have insurance and are destitute. If these children are not vaccinated, are at risk of not only them but all the kids who come into contact with them. There is a great risk of epidemics if we let the population Î±Î½ÎµÎ¼Î²Î¿Î»Î¯Î±ÏƒÏ„Î¿. We are looking at every kid that comes here and is sick,” says the pediatrician of the Educational Health Station of Athens.
This year, the visits of children exceeded the total of 7,000. The actions of the EFS are not limited only to the vaccinations of children who visit their stations. As the Head of the EYS of Athens, “complete control of physical and psychosocial development, complete an individual health statement child, necessary for their activities in the school, are given advice to parents for the proper development of children, conducted seminars promoting health and hygiene in students, as well as vaccinations in students of first grade, while at the same time it works and gynaecological practice”.