On Thursday, 12 September 2019, the Minister of National Defence, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, opened the renovated patient ward of the Surgical Sector (4N) of the Naval Hospital of Athens, in the presence of the Deputy Minister of National Defence, Mr. Alkiviadis Stefanis, the Chief of Hellenic Navy General Staff, Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis HN, and the Chief of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Vice Admiral CG Stamatios Raptis.
The renovation of the patient ward was made possible through a donation by Ms. Aliki Perroti. Upon decision of the Supreme Naval Council, Ward 4N will be renamed to "Aliki Perroti" Ward.
In his address, the Minister of National Defence, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, stressed that "the social footprint of the Armed Forces extends, among others, to welfare structures for Armed Forces personnel. Today, this welfare structure system became even better, thanks to an individual act of kindness and contribution. That's why today's official opening ceremony of the fully upgraded and renovated ward 4N of the Naval Hospital of Athens gives me such great pleasure".
The Minister of National Defence then referred to the high level of healthcare services provided by the Naval Hospital of Athens, as well as all Armed Forces hospitals "thanks to the efforts of the General Staffs and, in particular, to the tireless efforts of their personnel. No health structure would have been able to handle the great problems, especially during the past few troublesome years, if it weren't for the contribution and the great effort of the health structure personnel", while he also stressed that the Political and Military Leadership of the Armed Forces "lay particular emphasis on healthcare matters, aiming at the best results, always in line with the country's fiscal status", noting at the same time that "no society relies on just the state. As it has been repeatedly proven, particularly in times of crisis, when resources are dwindling but needs are on the rise, there are also individual initiatives and contribution to society, which give actual solutions to critical issues, thus complementing the state's efforts".
Addressing Ms. Aliki Perroti, the Minister of National Defence stressed that "except for my pleasure, I would also like to express my gratitude on behalf of the Armed Forces for Ms. Perroti's generous contribution, which allowed the financing of the upgrade and renovation of the ward we opened today. Ms. Aliki Perroti, already with a remarkable history of social contribution, continues today this contribution to the Armed Forces and the country, answering to the country's and society's call for prosperity and progress. I am very glad that the Hellenic Navy, in recognition of this contribution, renamed ward 4N to "Aliki Perroti" ward.
Finally, the Minister of National Defence wished Ms. Perroti "lots of strength and good health in order to be able to continue her great work which is so necessary for our country. On behalf of the Ministry of National Defence, the Armed Forces and, of course, the Hellenic Navy, we congratulate you for your initiative and thank you for this kind act. As I always said, a single candle can dispel even the deepest darkness. There was already enough light here, but today this light just became a lot brighter".