Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias attended the official opening on Monday of the European Center of Excellence for Quality of Care and Patient Safety of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Athens.
According to the ministry, the selection of Greece as the seat of the specific WHO office was a recognition of the work of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Ministry of Health and the Greek government in managing the pandemic and implementing the public health policies, such as the successful implementation of the tobacco control law.
Kikilias, who had served as Minister of Health for the first two years of the pandemic, highlighted in his speech that today was an emotional and significant day for him and described the official opening of the WHO office in Athens, “as proof of how much we have achieved over the past two years, how much we have managed to overcome in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic”.
As the Minister of Tourism pointed out, “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.
Ultimately, Kikilias announced that the Ministry of Tourism is planning a new framework for medical tourism in Greece 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,” he stressed.
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