"We have stated that the population of the occupied regions and the dividing lines will not be left alone in the face of this challenge, the pandemic," the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, Tea Akhvlediani, stated.
According to her, more than 250 infected patients have been transferred from the occupied regions for treatment so far.
"The government's statement was immediately translated into actions, which included: disseminating information about the coronavirus in Abkhazian and Ossetian languages; sharing expertise and experience among doctors through online consultations and WHO experts' visits to the Abkhaz region; on-site delivery of medical supplies by both government and international partners; transfer and treatment of patients in a controlled area. To date, we have received more than 250 infected patients for treatment; Rukhi Hospital got equipped and opened with record speed. Unfortunately, in response to the pandemic, we have not been able to provide similar assistance to the Tskhinvali region due to the destructive approach of the occupation regime. The population of the occupied regions continues to receive free health care services in the territory controlled by the state referral program, which has benefited up to 900 patients this year. The supply of various medical facilities on the ground continues, and this year the assistance provided by the Georgian government to the healthcare component totals more than GEL 5 million," Tea Akhvlediani said.