The shortage of consumable products such as masks, gloves and antiseptics and antiviral drugs particularly in small countries such as Cyprus will be a matter Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou will raise at an extraordinary EU Health Ministers Council, on Friday, in Brussels.
Ioannou departs for Brussels today.
EU Ministers are set to focus on the COVID-19 outbreak the containment and prevention measures taken, the need to intensify monitoring of the situation and for a more effective coordinated response by EU member states, a Health Ministry press release says.
Among other things, it is expected that EU Health Ministers will review the protocols adopted by EU member states on the basis of guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on how to treat a suspected or confirmed case.
The 27 Ministers will assess the facts on the virus as they stand today, on the basis of the decisions they made on February 13, during their previous meeting about the coronavirus.
Ioannou will have bilateral meetings with a number of his counterparts and will also have the opportunity to discuss the matter with European Commissioner on Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides.
He returns to Cyprus on Saturday, March 7.