24-year-old with cerebral palsy refused to be treated at Makareio Hospital
The complaint of the President of the Federation of Patients' Associations of Cyprus and his response Dr. Abraham Elijah
The complaint of the President of the Federation of Patients' Associations of Cyprus, Marios Kouloumas for a 24-year-old patient brought health concerns.
According to the President of the Federation, the Director of the Pediatric Clinic of Makareio Hospital, Dr. Abraham Elijah refused the treatment of the 24-year-old even in the intervention of the Minister. Nevertheless, the Minister found the solution to transfer an intensivist from the General Hospital of Nicosia to Makareio to solve the problem but again it did not work. Mr. Kouloumas stated that in the end the surgery was not performed since, as the family was informed, the anesthesiologists had gone to school.
For his part, Dr. Abraham Elias responded to the complaints attributed to him by Mr. Kouloumas, saying that from the beginning he had told the Executive Director that by law an adult cannot be hospitalized in pediatric wards, while he had suggested finding ways for the patient to undergo the specific operation.
As he explained: "He could have the operation in the hospital of Nicosia and be treated in the adult wards or in the Intensive Care Unit if necessary. Mr. Kouloumas accusing us of refusing to dutifully treat an adult in the pediatric wards has escaped any logic. We need to know that there are laws and regulations. Now if someone wants to take responsibility and with the same logic to treat whoever we want as an adult in the pediatric wards .. All citizens have the same rights. If an adult of 20-30 years old comes tomorrow, she wants to be hosted in the pediatric wards with the same logic to host her ".