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01-06-2020 12:33

Televised message by the President of the Republic, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades on the 1st day of implementing the 2nd stage of GESY

This day is one which should make us all feel proud, the citizens, the Government, the parties and institutions.

It is a truly historic day because we come to realize a long-standing vision of our country; the start of implementing its second stage brings the General Health Scheme into completion, a scheme that has been eluding us for decades.

I really want to warmly congratulate all those who have contributed in reaching this point.

It is my strong belief that the best possible provision of health services is an obligation of the state and also the right of every citizen, which we who are in position of authority have a duty to serve with the highest respect.

As we are at the stage of coming out of the unprecedented health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all I can say is that I am proud of what we have achieved together.

This is the most opportune moment, now that the health system of our country is gaining the confidence it has lacked for so many years, to take this big step and offer our fellow citizens the overall, effective and interdependent health system we have been dreaming about for decades.

As of today, our country has nothing to be jealous about as far as the health sector is concerned, among the most advanced countries in the world.

I am certain that in spite of the difficulties that we are going to face at first, all problems likely to arise will be overcome with patience and understanding by all.

I also wish to send a message to the medical, nursing, paramedic and administrative personnel of the health sector.

Our country has confidence in you.

You have proved that you are worthy of this trust.

DC