The Centre for Preventive Paediatrics offers a Neonatal Screening Program that aims at the early detection of two metabolic diseases, namely those of congenital hypothyroidism and phenylketonuria. Blood samples are collected from the neonates by all paediatricians in Cyprus and are forwarded to the centre’s biochemical laboratory for the appropriate analyses. You can find more details on these programs here. The Neonatal Hearing Screening Program is the third program available from the centre throughout the whole of Cyprus. It aims at the early detection and diagnosis of neonatal hearing impairment. All these screening programs are offered free of charge to the whole population of Cyprus: neonates and pregnant women alike – both in the public and the private sector. Should you wish to help the centre meet its financial demands you are welcome to place your donation here , however small or big.
Babies born in Cyprus are entitled to healthcare at the town’s General Hospitals. If you have private cover it is advisable that you choose paediatrician during your pregnancy so that he/she can be present at the birth. Your paediatrician sets the timetable of when and how often your baby should be brought in for check-ups and vaccinations. These immunisations can also be obtained free of charge at any public hospital. Your baby will be given a booklet/child record book which must be taken to each doctor’s appointment; it is used for children up to the age of six years and is in Greek, but all vaccinations are detailed in English too.
If you have a local Cyprus medical card you are entitled to free healthcare (or at reduced cost) in your town’s General Hospital. In case you have private health insurance check whether your contract has a clause regarding pregnancy and childbirth costs, some companies require policy holders to be with them at least one full year before maternity cover applies. Standards of healthcare in Cyprus are high, and the level of care in the maternity wards is often described as more personal and superior to some European countries – mainly due to the smaller patient numbers since Cyprus is not a large country.