Gov’t funds vital medicine for socially vulnerable babies

Minister Davit Sergeenko said about 13,000 socially vulnerable babies would receive free vitamins and minerals. Photo by N.Alavidze/, 01 Jun 2016 - 14:18, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Government of Georgia will provide free vitamins and minerals for thousands of socially vulnerable babies to ensure they have a healthy start at life.

Today Georgia’s Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs Davit Sergeenko announced the free supplements would be offered to babies aged between six and 23 months, who come from socially vulnerable families.

The Health Minister made the announcement this morning when he spoke to local media about the International Day for Protection of Children, which is annually marked worldwide on June 1. 

Sergeenko said there were about 13,000 socially vulnerable children eligible to receive the vitamins and minerals.

Providing newborn children with necessary vitamins and minerals will prevent a range of diseases and help the appropriate development of the kids,” Sergeenko said. 

Later today the Minister was scheduled to host a presentation about the activities of his Ministry in terms of protection of children.

Today Georgia’s Public Defender released a statement about children’s rights in Georgia. Ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili said the death rate of children aged five and under remained high in Georgia, however Minister Sergeenko believed offering free medications to needy children would help reduce the high death rate.

Nanuashvili also spoke about the ongoing problem of children living and working on the streets and asked for more effort from the Government to make sure these children were protected from various violations, from alleged slavery to forcible prostitution. 

Today on Children’s Day, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Georgia appealed to political parties to include child-related issues in their pre-election campaigns. 

UNICEF Georgia stressed healthy, well-educated children were an investment in the future.