Coordinates contact tracing at the Ministry of Health in Cyprus
Location: Cyprus, Nicosia
“We have come so far, we cannot give up”
Valentinos Silvestros is a field epidemiologist. He is also the coordinator of contact tracing at the Ministry of Health's Unit for Surveillance and Control of Communicable Diseases. His team identifies the chains of transmission and “breaks” them, by isolating people already infected as well as those who have been in contact with the virus. The team works under very challenging circumstances and with great personal sacrifice. Valentinos hasn’t seen his family and friends for over eight weeks. Sometimes, he feels very tired and his back and neck often ache from working all day. He’s still relieved to see the number of cases dropping. "I am so glad that our small country is doing so well" he says. Everyone has been working together, which fills him with optimism for the future. "Now is still not the time to rest," he warns. "We cannot give up. We have to protect our people and strengthen our public health systems".