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Postnatal Care

The Baby's Healthcare

Babies born in Cyprus are entitled to healthcare at the town's public General Hospitals. When the parents have private cover it is advisable to choose a paediatrician during the pregnancy so that they can be present at the birth. The paediatrician sets the timetable of when and how often the baby should be brought in for check-ups and vaccinations, whether in the public or private sector.

Immunisations can be obtained free of charge at any public hospital. Privately practising paediatricians will charge a fee for administering the vaccines.

At birth the baby is given a health record book which must be taken to each medical appointment. It is necessary for children up to the age of six years and is in Greek. All vaccinations are detailed in both Greek and English.

Neonatal Baby Screening

The Centre for Preventive Paediatrics offers the Neonatal Screening Program, which is aimed at the early detection of two metabolic diseases: congenital hypothyroidism and phenylketonuria. Blood samples are collected from newborn babies by all paediatricians in Cyprus, whether in the public or private sector, and are forwarded to the Centre’s biochemical laboratory for the appropriate analyses.

The Neonatal Hearing Screening Program is the third free program made available by the Centre throughout the whole of Cyprus. It aims at the early detection and diagnosis of neonatal hearing impairments. It aims at the early detection and diagnosis of neonatal hearing impairments.