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Doctors of the World warns of unmet health problems for refugee populations in Greece

According to data submitted to the United Nations, 72 per cent of the health problems refugees face are treated 'inadequately or not at all'

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Refugee camp Greece. Photo: NK archive

12 October 2017

Over 60,000 migrants and refugees are reportedly confined in overcrowded camps in Greece according to data submitted to the United Nations.

Meanwhile, most of their medical needs remain unmet, based on a report from humanitarian organisation Doctors of the World earlier this month. The unsanitary conditions of the camps are aggravating the already dire health conditions while constantly deteriorating weather raises more concerns.

Asylum seekers in Greece are granted access to hospitals and medical care but the public health system is struggling to rise up to the situation, and is strapped for funding and supplies.

Doctors of the World found that 72 per cent of the health problems refugees faced were treated "inadequately or not at all".

At the same time, refugee and migrant women found medical care difficult to access due to a lack of information about their rights or facing cultural restrictions.

"Every mother deserves good care before, during and post pregnancy. Their residential status should not affect this basic right," Nikitas Kanakis, head of Doctors of the World Greece told Reuters.

Antenatal care is especially important as there are significant risks of complications during childbirth or passing on diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis B, the World Health Organisation warns.

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