Lately we delievered medical material to the island of Othoni. There, a young doctor is solely responsible for the medical care of the islanders, he bears a great responsibility. In his statement he talks about his life and his work at Othoni. We think this is an interesting insight and therefore we want to provide you with the entire text:
My name is Dimitrios Filinadas and I am 26 years old. I was born in Kastoria. It is a small, peaceful and picturesque town in northern Greece. This year, I graduated from medical school and in March I received my medical license by Panhellenic Medical Association. I would like to specialize in urology and to focus on neurourology and urodynamics.
This summer I came to Othonoi to work as a rural service medical doctor (rural GP) in parallel with my military service.
For me, Othonoi is an earthly paradise between the Ionian and Adriatic Sea. It is the westernmost point of Greece and is the island of the nymph Calypso as described in “The Odyssey”. The locals are hospitable, smiling, willing to help and considered me as one of their own.
Working as a doctor on an island is a unique unforgettable experience, but at the same time it is a big challenge as I am called to serve as a doctor on a remote island with shortages, difficult weather conditions, elderly people, without specialized doctor or nursing staff.
I struggle every day and try to organize the health center as best as I can. My goal is to have a well-equipped regional medical center and I make sure that the supply is done at regular intervals.
Life flows calmly in winter. In my free time I attend medical conferences online, also, I like fishing, hiking on the beautiful and green paths of the island but also discussing with the locals learning things about the sea, the flora and fauna of the island, its history but also making plans for the island to move forward for the future.
The last two years the humanity has been hit by the effects of the pandemic. However, at the same time, we took many life lessons, we matured, we revised many values and I hope that we will all emerge victorious, stronger and more human-centered.
I wish and ask all people to be vaccinated. People need to have faith in medical community and be confident that in the end we will succeed.
From my side, I will do the best I can to support the locals and to offer them a decent medical care and to make them feel safe as the words from the Romans “Salus populi suprema lex esto – The health of the people should be the supreme law”.
Dr. Dimitrios Filinadas