HCDCP

Public Health Laboratories Network

Vision

The vision that guides the development of the network of Central and Regional Public Health Laboratories is to create a modern and scientifically sound mechanism to defend and protect the health of all the people living in Greece. At the same time, this mechanism will support the National Strategy for Public Health and the overall national health policy based on the most current scientific data and harmonized with the principles and framework of the World Health Organization and the Public Health Policy of the European Union.

Objective

The aim of the Network of Public Health Laboratories is to develop and organize a laboratory network throughout the country for surveillance of all environmental risks and threats. Other aims include the collection of reliable and valid information concerning public health and promotion of good quality of life.

History

The Central Public Health Laboratory was founded in 1920 and operated as a unit of the Ministry of Health, subject to the General Directorate of Public Health. Key milestones:

Basic framework for activities and functions

CPHL

CPHL– RPHL

Summary report of the CPHL activities, 2011

In 2011 was the second full year of operation of the network with the launch of yet another laboratory, Regional Public Health Laboratory (RPHL) of South Aegean, based in Rhodes. Simultaneously, in 2011 moved the accreditation process in Regional Public Health Laboratory (RPHL) of Thessaly and Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, and extension of accreditation to additional methods of analysis Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL).

The network currently performs 41 methods accredited testing of all 236 analyzes carried out.

During the year were the work required to operate Regional Public Health Laboratory (RPHL) of Central Macedonia and Epirus. Also a cooperation agreement with the EFET (Hellenic Food Authority) was signed.

The Network participated in the Working Group for the formulation of a Single Food Control System set up by the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity.

Notable activities undertaken in 2011:

CENTRAL PUBLIC HEATH LABORATORY (CPHL)

Vaccines Department

The vaccines department is responsible for the storage, maintenance, transportation and disposal for all health services in the country of vaccines, serums and related biological product. In 2011 the CPHL conducted shipments at the Departments of Health and Social Care Regional Units, at all vaccination centers provided by “Kallikratis” Program and Regional Health Units.

The following table shows the activity of the department which is higher than the previous year due to the increase in the number of vaccination centers provided by Kallikratis Program and due to the increasing range of vaccines that were distributed in 2011.

Vaccine Shipments Serum – Tuberculins Shipments            Total Shipments
 

2010

 

2011

 

 

 

+228%

 

2010

 

2011

 

 

 

+82%

 

2010

 

2011

 

 

 

+80%

 

47.144 d.

 

154.278 d.

 

43.427 d.

 

79.228 d.

 

394

 

708

For the first time at the end of the year we apply a new statistic and administrative system to follow up the inventory and distribution of vaccines from all Health Services and the various organizations.

The department has also acquired a refrigerator car with specific requirements for the intended distribution and maintenance of cold chain for vaccines and biological agents.

During the year all the necessary steps and preparation to proceed with the accreditation for storage and handling.

Departments of Laboratory Tests

The CPHL conducted 30,953 tests on 9,446 samples.

Percentage increase 27.30% compared to the number of samples of 2010 (7420).

The scientific staff of the CPHL during 2011 participated in:

Central and Regional PHLs

Laboratories in operation

CPHL

Address: 34 Αl. Fleming Str., Z.C.: 16672, Vari

Tel.: 210 8921000- 210 8921004, 5

Fax: 210- 8921006

e-mail: kedy@eody.gov.gr

General Manager: Eleonora Hadjipaschali

Scientific director: Professor Alkiviadis Vatopoulos

RPHL of East Macedonia – Thrace Region

Address: 36 Αndronikou & Μitropoulou Str., Z.C.:68100, Alexandroupoli

Tel.: 25510- 25748

Fax.: 25511- 10048

e-mail: pedy_alexadr@eody.gov.gr

Scientific Director: Ass. Professor Theodoros Konstantinidis

RPHL of Thessalia Region

Address: 22 Papakyriazi Str., Z.C.:41221 , Larissa

Tel.: 2410- 565013

Fax.: 2410- 258197

e-mail: pedy_larisas@eody.gov.gr

Scientific Director: Ass. Professor Christos Hadjichristodoulou

RPHL of Crete

Address: Staurakia- Voutes Z.C.: 71110, Heraklion

Tel.: 2810 394741- 2810 394743

Fax.: 2810 394740

Scientific Director: Professor Ioannis Tselentis

To operate very soon

RPHL of Macedonia Region

Address: Εksoxi Thessalonikis, Z.C.: 57010

Tel.: 2313- 307967

Scientific Director: N. Malissiovas

RPHL of South Aegean Region

Address: Αgioi Apostoloi- Rhodes

Tel.: 22410-03255, -6

Fax: 22410- 03257

e-mail: pedyrodos@eody.gov.gr

Scientific Director: Nikos Daskalakis

To operate soon

RPHL of Epirus Region

Address: 72 M. Kotopouli & Κalpakiou Str., Z.C.: 45445 Αmpelokipi, Ioannina

Scientific Director: Professor A. Mavridis

RPHL of West Peloponnese Region

Address: Platanitis Antiriou

Scientific Director: Professor E. Anastasiou

Summary report of the RPHLs activities, 2011

In 2011 the network conducted a total of 68,260 analyzes on 17,570 samples. Percentage increase 52.22% compared to the number of samples of the Network in 2010 (11.542).

REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY (RPHL) of THESSALY

The RPHL of Thessaly conducted 11,737 tests on 2,635 samples.

187.97% percentage increase compared to the number of 2010 samples (915).

The scientific staff the RPHL of Thessaly during 2011 participated in:

REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY (RPHL) of EASTERN MACEDONIA -THRACE

The RPHL of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace conducted 9,709 tests on 1,949 samples.

Percentage increase 58.84% compared to the number of samples of 2010 (1227).

The scientific staff of RPHL of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace during 2011 participated in:

REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY (RPHL) of CRETE

The RPHL of Crete conducted 15,427 tests on 3,106 samples.

Percentage increase 56.86% compared to the number of samples of 2010 (1.980).

The scientific staff of the RPHL Crete during 2011 participated in:

REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY (RPHL) of SOUTH AEGEAN

The RPHL of South Aegean began operation in September and carried out 434 tests on 434 samples.

The scientific staff of the RPHL South Aegean during 2011 * participated in:

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