George Patoulis: “Athens Chinese Traditional Medicine Center shows the way of a more dynamic Greek-Chinese cooperation on Tourism and Culture”
The opening ceremony of the Athens Chinese Traditional Medicine was held in the presence of the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Haris Theoharis, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Ioannis Kotsiopoulos, representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Athens, Cardiology and Vice Rector of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Dimitris Tousoulis and Ms Tonia Moropoulou, Vice Rector of the National Technical University of Athens.
The special ceremony was attended by representatives of the Greek government and Local government in Greece, officials from China, executives of the medical business community, top scientists ad specialists from the two countries and hundreds of people.
The Attica Regional Governor and President of the International Health Tourism Center Mr. George Patoulis cut the ribbon along with the President of CHINA ANHUI UNIVERSITY OF CHINESE MEDICINE, Mr Peng Daiyin.
Mr. George Patoulis, Regional Governor of Attica and President of the International Health Tourism Center stated that “the new Chinese Traditional Medical Center of Athens is a project of particular interest in the development of Health Tourism in Greece and of great semantic value for the new paths of scientific, educational and cultural exchange between Greece and China that broaden the horizons of a more dynamic cooperation on Travel and Culture.”
The President of CHINA ANHUI UNIVERSITY OF CHINESE MEDICINE, Mr. Peng Dalyin, who flew from Anhui to Athens exclusively for the opening ceremony, spoke about the value of strengthening Greek-Chinese relations and agreed with the Board of the International Health Tourism Center, academic lessons for the Greek father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates to be included in the educational programs of the Chinese University of Anhui of Chinese Medicine.
“It is a great honor the fact that China, the great country is bowing to the birthplace of Medicine, Greece, to shed light on the ancient common roots of the world’s healing knowledge” stated Mr. George Patoulis.
The Minister of Tourism, Mr. Haris Theoharis, pledged to assist in the efforts to upgrade Health Tourism Sector in Greece and pointed out that history and culture create close bonds between the two peoples despite the great geographical distance separating the two countries.
Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Ioannis Kotsiopoulos, also welcomed the efforts of the realization of such an innovative project as the The Athens Chinese Traditional Medicine Center.
The Athens Chinese Traditional Medicine Center is the result of the collaboration of the China Anhui University of Chinese Medicine and of the International Health Tourism Center. It is implemented as a project under the Agreement of scientific exchange of know-how and comparative scientific study that has been signed between the two parties aiming to promote scientific research and practice through the convergence of Western Medicine principles and Chinese Traditional Medicine practices.
Regional Governor of Attica and President of the International Center for Health Tourism Mr. George Patoulis referred to the path of the cooperation of the International Health Tourism Center with the University of Anhui, and the Medical and Local Government representatives of China, which, through systematic and steady steps, he said, has begun to bear fruit.
“With China, we continue to work on, and look forward to, the exchange of Knowledge, education, and scientific know-how between the two countries while we are building on a therapeutic bridge through academic cooperation, Health Tourism Development Initiatives, and the friendship between our peoples”.
The first treatment units that will operate at the Athens Chinese Traditional Medicine Center will combine the traditional Eastern Medicine treatments and methods of the Chinese doctors with the Western medical knowledge, theory and practice on various specialties from the part of Greek doctors.
The Center’s Chinese Traditional Medicine services are targeting the growing Chinese community living in Greece, which – according to the latest figures – exceeds the number of 20,000 visitors and travelers from China.
Greek patients also, who have switched to alternative treatments seek credible and authentic Chinese traditional medicine services of high-quality.