It saw dozens of shipwrecks, with at least 35 people killed on Oct. Despite the worsening weather, people keep on coming — about 6,000 per day.
Overwhelmed, Lesbos now faces serious gaps in emergency medical care.
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The island’s team of 32 EMTs responded to 700 emergency calls last month, compared with 250 in October 2014.
They have four ambulances, one of which is badly in need of repair.
The local paramedics all work out of Bostaneio, the island’s main hospital in the capital, Mytilene, in the southeast, some 40 miles from the northern coastal beaches where most refugees land.
Ambulances must race through winding mountain roads to reach it. 2 the paramedics’ union held a protest in Mytilene over the extreme strain the refugee crisis has placed on them.
The name of the site comes from the Greek poetess Saffo from Lesbos Island.
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Their stock of basic medical supplies such as oxygen masks and rubber gloves is not enough to handle sea-related emergencies that are growing in seriousness, frequency and scale.