The Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) has announced that measles is spreading unchecked in Greece, as the number of reported cases has risen to 166. The Panhellenic Federation of Public Hospital Employees (POEDIN) notes that due to a shortage of funds, ‘the Ministry of Health and KEELPNO has not supplied hospitals with the necessary reagents to check for measles antibodies, nor with the essential vaccines.’ The situation is out of control, as the lives of infected healthcare professionals are put at risk and there is a grave danger of the disease being spread to their co-workers and patients.
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), more than 1 500 cases of measles were reported in 14 European countries in the first two months of 2017, due to ‘concentrations of unvaccinated people’.
A large proportion of the spread is due to the uncontrolled flow of illegal immigrants entering Europe daily.
In view of this:
- Is the Commission aware of the rapid increase in cases of measles?
- What measures does it intend to take to address the phenomenon and provide Greek state hospitals with the required vaccines?
- How can the uncontrolled flow of people entering Europe every day, without health certificates, be vaccinated?