Greece introduces new framework for medical tourism under WHO leadership


Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias attended the opening of the World Health Organization (WHO) office in the capital of the Hellenic Republic for quality of care and patient safety.

The selection of this country as the seat of the WHO office was a recognition of the work of the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Ministry of Health and the Greek government to deal with the epidemiological situation caused by the coronavirus and its new strains and implementation of public health policies, reports

Such a decision was announced in 2020, during the visit of the Minister of Tourism to Copenhagen, Denmark, and the meeting he had with the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge.

It was followed by the signing of the agreement for the new WHO office, in the Greek capital owned by Kikilias and Kluge, on April 15, 2021, at the Ministry of Health.

Minister Kikilias described the official opening of the WHO office in Athens as “proof of everything we have achieved over the past two years, of everything we have managed to overcome in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic”.

“This ambitious project started exactly one year ago, in April 2021, in the midst of a catastrophic crisis for Public Health, a humanitarian crisis. I am proud to see that our efforts continue thanks to the unprecedented support, determination and guidance of our Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis,” stressed the minister.

Furthermore, the Minister of Tourism pointed out that medical tourism in Greece is under the guidance of the WHO.

“A framework that aims to cover all aspects of medical tourism and wellness tourism for those who visit our country”, underlined the Minister of Tourism.

Greece is among the European countries that managed to welcome large numbers of international visitors despite high COVID-19 infection rates and to avoid deep damage to the travel and tourism industry.

Furthermore, the Greek authorities have previously announced that they aim to reach pre-pandemic figures during this year.

These comments came from Minister of Tourism Kikilias as he highlighted the importance of the tourism sector as an important contributor to the survival of the “Average Greek Family in Times of Crisis.”

According to figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), authorities in the Hellenic Republic have reported a total of 2,788,654 cases of COVID-19 infection and 26,937 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

However, despite these figures and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the Greek government decided to abolish many of the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the virus.


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