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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-11-30

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  • [01] Gov't: 80,000 H1N1 vaccinations
  • [02] Stocks end 0.26% higher

  • [01] Gov't: 80,000 H1N1 vaccinations

    More than 80,000 people had been vaccinated in Greece against the H1N1 novel influenza virus by late Sunday night, according to an estimate presented by Health Minister Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou on Monday.

    According to official records, 75,658 people had been given the vaccine by Friday night. Vaccination of the healthy members of the population begins on Tuesday.

    The minister said that the target was to increase the number of vaccination centres from 354 at present to 527 by the end of the week, once the prefecture vaccination centres were included. She also reported that the 1135 helpline on the virus was becoming much busier, with more and more of the public phoning in to be informed about the flu and the vaccinations. The helpline will be reinforced by an additional 15 phone lines.

    The minister also revealed that 1,000 doctors are to be hired using the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP) urgent procedure in view of the anticipated peak of the H1N1 epidemic in Greece, while a new draft bill that will be discussed in Parliament on Monday will allow a further 1,000 doctors to be hired in the National Health System within the year 2010.

    Of these, 250 will be specialists, 606 will cover organisational vacancies, 35 will be hired by the ambulance service and 152 in health centres.

    There has also been an increase of an upper ceiling on doctors' monthly salaries plus overtime, which has been raised from 5,150 euros to 6,500 euros. Doctors have pressed for there to be no ceiling.

    [02] Stocks end 0.26% higher

    Stocks moved cautiously higher in the Athens Stock Exchange on Monday, with the composite index of the market rising 0.26 pct to end at 2,263.27 points.

    Turnover was a moderate 241.9 million euros, of which 16.2 million euros were block trades. Most sectors moved upwards, with the Insurance (3.79 pct), Food/Beverage (3.54 pct) and Commerce (2.55 pct) scoring the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Telecommunications (3.83 pct), Industrial Products (2.79 pct) and Media (2.0 pct) suffered losses.

    The FTSE 20 index rose 0.37 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 0.04 pct up and the FTSE 80 index rose 0.15 pct. Broadly, decliners narrowly outnumbered advancers by 101 to 99 with another 57 issues unchanged.

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