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Georgian PM opens C Hepatitis center in Zugdidi
Update Time: 2017-03-22 20:24:00
The C Hepatitis management center has begun functioning in Zugdidi town of western Samegrelo region starting today. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili opened the center together with Georgia’s Health Minister Davit Sergeenko and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly. Full spectrum of services will be offered at the center. PM congratulated Zugdidi population on the event adding any residents of breakaway Abkhazian territory having neutral passports will be able to benefit from the center-provided services. “35 000 people have already got treatment service. 25 000 has finished the course, reached the 98% recover. This is very good. It is also important that the center will serve to those with neutral passports living on breakaway Abkhazia’s territory. The U.S. government and Gilead Company took this factor into account and made treatment available for them,” Kvirikashvili said. Tbilisi was the first place where the C Hepatitis Center was initially opened. Zugdidi hosts the second one. Zugdidi municipality was selected as the virus indicator is high there.
Universal health care for citizens with high income to be differentiated
Update Time: 2017-03-07 20:27:00
Universal health care for citizens with high income will be differentiated. The Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs plans to publicize details this week. "The first category includes individuals with an annual income of more that GEL 40 000. They officially pay income tax. There are 32 000 people in this category. 20 000 out of them enjoyed private insurance, while 10 000 attempted to apply universal health care program. However, they were in no need of applying the program. So, the first category will include individuals with high incomes. As for the vulnerable groups, we’ll have a detailed information campaign this week and I will personally brief the public on all details,” Davit Sergeenko, Minister, told reporters.
Health Minister says about 10 clinics may be withdrawn from the universal health program
Update Time: 2017-01-18 18:33:00
About 10 clinics may be withdrawn from universal state health program, Davit Sergeenko, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs said during the meeting with heads of leading clinics. The Minister talked about the deficiencies detected in the clinics. Sergeenko added that the number of the withdrawn clinics would be lower, if they take into view the state interest. According to Sergeenko, the main directions of new reforms will be implemented at the beginning of February. The remarks expressed by the Minister were not shared by some heads of the clinics that made comments for the journalists during the break.
First Children’s Hospice opened
Update Time: 2017-01-17 18:36:00
The first children’s hospice, a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, was opened in the village of Dighomi in Georgia. The Construction began in October of 2015 at the initiative of Open Society-Georgia Foundation, Medical Corporation Evex and with support of President’s Reserve Fund. The hospice will serve children free of charge and in 24-hour regime. More than 1 million GEL was collected for the construction during one year.
Healthcare Ministry reduces financing to Psychiatric Clinics
Update Time: 2017-01-06 16:30:00
Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs reduced state financing to Psychiatric Clinics. The government made the decision on December 30. Doctors of Ghudushauri Clinic presume that cut of the finances will lead to closure of clinics.
Flu virus expected to spread in the second half of February
Publish Time: 2017-01-03 16:20:00
Cases of flu virus can be increased in the second half of February in Georgia. Head of the National Center of Disease Control Paata Imnadze says that the cases will be fewer than detected in December. Imnadze says ‘nothing special happens’ and this situation is characteristic for winter, in general. Basically A type of the virus circulates at the moment. There were several cases of B type virus. The Head of the National Center of Disease Control advises those having flu virus to stay at home, offering them certain recommendations.
A Baby Is Born With Three Biological Parents
Update Time: 2016-09-28 21:01:00
It’s a pretty well-known fact that it takes two people to make a baby. But a 5-month-old is blowing the lid off that concept: He has three biological parents.Scientists made the announcement after using DNA from three people to create a healthy baby, named Abrahim Hassan, in Mexico. According to The Telegraph, the baby was born to a couple from Jordan who has been trying to have children for nearly 20 years.The couple decided to have a three-parent baby for a serious medical reasons: The baby’s mom carries genes for Leigh syndrome, a fatal disorder that impacts the developing nervous system and caused the death of their first two children.The baby was conceived using an egg with nuclear DNA (DNA from inside the nucleus of a cell) from his mother and father, and mitochondrial DNA (which provides energy for cells) from an anonymous female donor.“Mitochondrial transfer is used when defective mitochondrial DNA can prevent the birth of a healthy baby,” Dr. Edward Marut, a fertility specialist at Fertility Centers of Illinois, tells Yahoo Beauty. “The mother whose eggs are used retains her main genetic material (chromosomes) in the nucleus of her egg, but mitochondria, the ‘power plants’ of the cell, are transferred from a healthy egg into the egg with abnormal mitochondria. The abnormal mitochondria are generally removed so the baby is normal.”According to the New Scientist, that’s just what happened. Doctors removed the nucleus from one of the mother’s eggs and inserted it into a donor egg that had had its own nucleus removed. The egg was then fertilized with the father’s sperm.The technique used to create baby Abrahim, which allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy children, is still controversial. It has only been legally approved in the United Kingdom. (Abrahim was conceived in Mexico with the help of American doctors, thanks to Mexico’s lax fertility laws), but embryologists tell the New Scientist that the baby’s birth will encourage other countries to follow suit, www.yahoo.com reports. Dr. Jane Frederick, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist at HRC Fertility, tells Yahoo Beauty that the birth is “encouraging but still experimental.” “This controversial technique of mitochondrial transfer has been attempted in the past with very little success,” she said. “The safety of this method needs to be studied before it can be a standard of care.”
PM talks about Hepatitis C
Publish Time: 2016-08-16 16:32:00
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili talked about Hepatitis C elimination program during the governmental sitting. He said that the disease would have been defeated by 2020. The national strategy of Hepatitis C for 2016-2020 was also approved during the sitting.
Health Ministry carrying raids at Psychotropic drug stores
Publish Time: 2016-08-09 16:21:00
Georgia’s Ministry of Healthcare continues holding of raids at Psychotropic drug stores across Tbilisi. The fact of selling drugs without prescriptions was revealed at Chikovani Street. The owner was fines in the amount of 12 thousand GEL.
Symposium on elimination of Hepatitis C
Publish Time: 2016-06-18 12:20:00
Georgian Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs claims that no new cases of Hepatitis C will be detected in the country after 5 years. A symposium is being held at Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel about treatment and elimination of Hepatitis C in Georgia. Specialists are summarizing results of 1-year work. About 27 thousand people were registered within the framework of first stage of state program. The 9 thousand patients underwent through treatment.
Bidzina Ivanishvili meeting with journalists
Publish Time: 2016-06-14 12:21:00
Bidzina Ivanishvili, former Prime Minister is meeting with representatives of Georgian print media and news agencies.The meeting is being held at Technological Park. Law week, Ivanishvili met with journalists representing national and regional TV Companies.
First Service Center for Elimination of C Hepatitis
Update Time: 2016-06-10 19:20:00
The first Service Center for Elimination of C Hepatitis will be opened in Tbilisi today. Davit Sergeenko, Georgian Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs claims said that patients will undergo registration and become involved in corresponding treatment at the center. Similar centers will be opened in different regions of Georgia.
Healthcare Minister to present annual report in Parliament
Update Time: 2016-04-20 12:14:00
Davit Sergeenko, Georgian Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs will present the annual 2015 report during the sitting of Healthcare Committee in the parliament. Sergeenko will focus on overall healthcare insurance and C Hepatitis Elimination programs in the report.
Cases of Gastro-Intestinal Infections in Akhaltikhe
Update Time: 2016-04-02 16:24:00
The cases of Gastro-Intestinal Infections are increasing in Akhaltsikhe town of southern Georgia. The majority of patients are children aged 3-6. Laboratory analysis samples are taken to determine causes of the infection and being studied in Tbilisi.
Four new cases of H1N1 virus were revealed in Zugdidi
Publish Time: 2016-02-28 12:10:00
Four new cases of H1N1 virus were revealed in Zugdidi, Georgia’s Samegrelo region. Health condition of two is critical, one of them 15 year-old patient is connected to the respirator.
Latest data on fatal cases of virus infections
Update Time: 2016-02-16 16:31:00
Sixteen people died of virus infections in Georgia this winter season – 15 from H1N1 virus, one – H3N2, National Diseases Control Center published the latest data. The number of people infected with flu virus decreases gradually. The last fatal case was reported in Batumi city, Adjara region.
H1N1 claims life of the sixth person
Update Time: 2016-02-10 16:34:00
The H1N1 virus has claimed the life of the sixth person in Georgia’s western Adjara region.According to Adjara’s Social Healthcare Center, a 37-year-old woman felt bad on January 18 and addressed hospital after ten days, on January 28. She was treated at the Medina clinic, but died this morning.
China confirms first case of Zika virus
Publish Time: 2016-02-10 13:23:00
China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently travelled to South America, the official Xinhua news agency reported.The virus, which is causing international alarm after spreading through much of the Americas, was detected in a 34-year-old man from Ganxian County in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua said, citing China's National Health and Family Planning Commission. Chinese health authorities downplayed the risk of the mosquito-borne virus spreading because of the winter cold, Xinhua added.Hong Kong's Department of Health said in a statement that the man, who had travelled through the city on his return to China, worked in Dongguan, a bustling manufacturing city in the neighbouring southern province of Guangdong.Hong Kong's Port Health Office has stepped up inspections at the airport in response and reinforced training for boundary control inspectors, the statement added.There is a risk that Zika could be spread locally if it was introduced to Hong Kong, the statement said, because Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes, which transmit the virus, live there. But no cases of the virus in Hong Kong have been reported so far, it said, as reported by Reuters.The infected man had been quarantined at a hospital in his hometown since Feb. 6, Xinhua said, adding that he was recovering with normal body temperature and a fading rash.Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man told reporters that the bureau was seeking details of the man's travel history from the mainland authorities because he had transited through the city.The risk of contracting the virus through human contact was low, so the bureau was not worried about the spread of the illness in Hong Kong, Ko said, but he added the authorities were monitoring the situation closely.Mainland health authorities could not be immediately reached for comment. Zika has spread quickly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, with Brazil the worst affected country.The World Health Organization declared an international health emergency on Feb. 1 over the virus, citing concern over a possible link with a rise in cases of microcephaly, a birth defect characterized by an abnormally small head that can result in de
Flu virus claims another life in Georgia
Publish Time: 2016-02-07 12:29:00
A 35-year-old man has died due to the H1N1 flu virus in Zugdidi, Samegrelo, western Georgia. According to doctors, the patient was hospitalized on January 27 and diagnosed H1N1. The man is a resident of Gali region.10 people have died due to the flu virus so far.
Is there threat of Zika virus spread in Georgia?
Publish Time: 2016-02-05 20:05:00
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) adds Georgia in the list of those countries where the risk of Zika virus spreading exists. Mosquitoes spreading the virus were detected in suburbs of Batumi city and Zugdidi town in 2014-15. According to the preliminary version, the mosquitoes came from Georgia’s occupied region of Abkhazia. Paata Imnadze, Head of the National Center for Disease Control, said that a mosquito, transmitting Zika virus, has been seen twice in Georgia for the last 60 years. Nevertheless, Imnadze claims that the risk of Zika virus spreading in Georgia is low, as "people from South America do not frequently arrive in Georgia."He said the mosquito was first seen in Georgia two years ago, while for the second time it was seen last year. "We are constantly checking the situation in this regard. The mosquitoes were found in the suburbs of Batumi and Zugdidi. I want to underline that there were not inside the cities," Imnaidze said. As for preventive measures, Imnadze recommended Georgian citizens to refrain from travelling to Brazil or use special medical substances to protect against the mosquito.