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Health Minister: support system for relatives of victims drafted
2005-08-22 12:23:56

Nicosia, Aug 21 (CNA) -- Health Minister Andreas Gavrielides said here today that government services, dealing with the aftermath of Friday's fatal road accident in Egypt in which seven Cypriots were killed, have decided on the support strategy for the relatives of those killed and injured.

Speaking at Larnaca airport as he waits for the arrival of the dead, injured and their relatives, he said the bodies will be transported to Limassol and Nicosia hospitals where the victims came from and relatives can contact the injured on Monday.

Relatives who had traveled to Sharm El Sheikh, where the road accident happened when a minibus carrying 13 Cypriots overturned, will hold a brief memorial service at Larnaca airport when the bodies arrive before midnight.

He said present at a meeting of government services earlier today were psychologists, psychiatrists, civil aviation representatives, foreign ministry officials and police officers.

Responding to questions, the minister said the delay in the departure of the Cyprus Airways flight from Sharm El Sheikh was due to additional medical care two of the injured had to receive, before flying in a specially adapted aircraft to carry stretches.

Gavrielides said relatives and especially the three children who have lost both parents at the accident will be receiving psychological support for the foreseeable future.

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