WHO Europe regional director: Georgia’s innovative approaches ‘good example for other countries fighting COVID-19'

  • Hans Kluge said his visit to Georgia has three main goals, the most important of which is to work with the Health Minister, the government and other healthcare professionals on Covid-19 issues. Photo: IPN.

Agenda.ge, 18 Dec 2020 - 14:09, Tbilisi,Georgia

A number of innovative approaches, such as fever clinics, online clinics and COVID hotels may be a good example for other countries while fighting against COVID-19 pandemic, said Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe at a press conference with Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze.

Kluge said his visit to Georgia has three main goals, the most important of which is to work with the Health Minister, the government and other healthcare professionals on Covid-19 issues.

One of the main goals of my visit to Georgia is to agree on a specific action plan on how we [WHO and health ministry] will work on health care reform…. Initial communications have already revealed that the fight against COVID-19 is under strong leadership. I have seen a number of innovative approaches, such as fever clinics, online clinics and COVID hotels, which can be a good example for other countries.”, said Kluge.

Hans Kluge mentioned that the problem many countries face is they fight against the pandemic only in hospitals, but ‘we will not win this battle if we [different countries] will focus only on hospitals'.

We need to shift the focus onto the primary healthcare system”, said Kluge.

Hans Kluge has visited Georgia today and will leave the country on December 22.

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