Five new flu clinics opened their doors on Monday to examine individuals with flu symptoms that may not immediately point to coronavirus.
According to the Health Minister’s press officer, Margarita Kyriakou, one public health centre has been opened in each district, though more may be set up in each district if additional needs arise.
The flu clinics in Nicosia and Larnaca will be open from 8am to 8pm, while those in Limassol and Paphos will be accepting patients from 8am to 2pm.
The location and further details regarding the flu clinics would be released later on Tuesday, Kyriakou added.
Kyriakou said that persons with flu symptoms but who have not travelled abroad or have not come in contact with a confirmed coronavirus case should contact their GP who will determine if they should be referred to a flu clinic for further examination.
The clinics will be operating by appointment, which will be set by patients’ GPs who will contact 1420 in the event that they deem that a patient requires to be further examined.
Patients will then go to the flu clinic at the time and date of their appointment to be examined, and possibly tested for coronavirus if necessary.
The opening of the new public health centres was announced by President Nicos Anastasiades in his national address on Monday night. The move is among several other measures announced in view of supporting the healthcare system currently battling the coronavirus pandemic.
So far, the Republic of Cyprus has confirmed 116 coronavirus cases, many of which arose within public hospitals across the island, with the Paphos General Hospital hit the hardest.