MSF warns that the situation of refugees in Lesbos is approaching a "point of no return"

Published 05/04/2018 21:54:59 CET


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has denounced on Friday that the situation in the camps for refugees from Lesbos is reaching a "point of no return" because of the policy of the Government of Alexis Tsipras to retain asylum seekers in the islands " all coast "in" precarious "conditions, for what has demanded its immediate transfer to the continent.

"The situation in Lesbos is reaching, once again, the point of no return," the NGO said in a statement. "Thousands of men, women and children live in precarious conditions" and "about 500 people arrive every week" to the Greek island, aggravating the problem of overcrowding and lack of access to basic services.

As an example, it has pointed to the Moria field, which currently houses more than 7,000 people, despite its maximum capacity of 2,500. "The living conditions" there are "a high risk to the health of people trapped on the island," he said.

"The Moria camp is unsafe and unhealthy," said Declan Barry, medical coordinator of MSF. "Every day we deal with things related to hygiene such as vomiting, diarrhea, skin infections and contagious diseases and we must return these people to the same living conditions" that have provoked them, they have lamented. "It's a vicious circle," he has riveted.

Barry has called attention to children in Lesbos. "The mixture of lack of hygiene, the dangerous living conditions (...), the obstacles to provide adequate conditions for the recovery of sick children and the lack of access to health services represent the perfect storm for the welfare of the children. children, "he warned. MSF has seen how pediatric services have doubled in the last two months.

The NGO has pointed out that medical care for adults in Moria are also "extremely limited". The only public hospital in Lesbos is saturated and patients struggle to access specialized services, he said. In the meantime, there has been a "dramatic deterioration" of mental health services in Lesbos, "said Katerina Katopodi, an MSF nurse in Lesbos, who has attended several suicide attempts.

Thus, the humanitarian organization has demanded the Greek authorities an immediate transfer of the refugees in Lesbos to the continent. "We urge you to stop this inhumane and unsustainable policy of confinement in the islands," Katopodi said.


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