Migrant camp near Athens poses public health risk: Greek mayors

Migrants queue for health assistance at the reception centre for migrants and refugees in Schisto, near Athens, where 1300 migrants, mainly Afghans, are stranded in Greece, on February 25, 2016Five mayors of Athens’ coastal suburbs warned Wednesday of the “enormous” health risks posed by a nearby camp housing over 4,000 migrants and refugees. “The conditions are out of control and present enormous risks to the public health,” the mayors complained in a letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in reference to the camp at Hellinikon, the site of Athens’ old airport. “The number of people is much higher than the capacity of the place and there are serious hygiene problems,” local mayor Dionyssis Hatzidakis told AFP.

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