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Greek Health Ministry to Investigate Deaths Due to Ambulance Delay

ATHENS – The Greek Health Ministry has announced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic deaths of a 19-year-old pregnant woman and a 63-year-old woman who were unable to receive timely ambulance services.

The National First Aid Center (EKAB) will examine the reasons behind the prolonged delay of over 1 ½ hours before an ambulance reached the residence of the young woman, as well as address other complaints related to inadequate service.

The investigation will focus on various issues, including the management of public ambulances, response times, the role of paramedics, dispatch protocols, and prioritization of cases.

Tragically, the teenager passed away in an Athens neighborhood after experiencing contractions. Her family had urgently requested an ambulance, but despite their subsequent follow-up calls, the medical team arrived too late.

Media reports indicate that an official investigation has been initiated to uncover the details surrounding these incidents. The cause of death will be determined following an examination by a forensic pathologist.

In a separate development, the recent demise of the 63-year-old woman on the island of Kos has prompted a review of healthcare services and infrastructure enhancements, particularly in areas that attract significant tourist footfall, resulting in strain on resources and facilities.

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