20 ambulances were donated by the Union of Greek Shipowners (EEE) to the National Emergency Response Ambulance Center (EKAV) and another 2 to the Hellenic Police.
Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias made the announcement on Monday.
The donation through the EEE’s ‘SYN-ENOSIS’ social welfare business, which was founded in 2016, would, at an extremely critical period, significantly help Greece’s healthcare system.
“EKAV’s intervention in the National Health System and in Public Health is crucial, as it is the first part of the system that comes in contact with patients,” Kikilias said.
“The employees of EKAV and all the employees of the National Health System do what is humanly possible to save human lives and the noble offer of SYN-ENOSIS contributes to this. It is a multilevel offer to the State and especially to the Ministry of Health,” he added.
For his part, Greek shipowners’ union president Theodoros Veniamis stated: “Our decision to offer 22 modern and fully equipped ambulances, the Boxer model of the Peugeot brand, is part of the actions we are taking to support the National Health System.”
They will also have a power-assisted stretcher and a patient transport seat that will be manually assisted.
“These improvement additions to the ambulances on offer enhance their operational capabilities, as they will minimize the stress on rescuers during their work, for the benefit of the patient as well,” he continued.