Health Minister Azarashvili: healthcare system fully mobilised, ready to face any challenge

  • “The local office of ​​the World Health Organisation and the mobile groups of the Health Ministry monitor hospitals on-site, and if necessary, our citizens can be treated peacefully and safely in the hospital,” Azarashvili said. Photo: Georgian Health Minisrty. 

Agenda.ge, 10 Jan 2022 - 14:14, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Health Minister Zurab Azarashvili, appointed to the post on December 27, has stated earlier today that the Georgian healthcare system is ‘fully mobilised and ready to face any challenges,’ if Omicron variant cases increase significantly. 

Georgia has registered 816 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus as of January 10. 

Azarashvili noted that out of 3,000 daily cases of coronavirus in the country, Omicron amounts to about 1,000 cases, adding that the hospitalisation rate has significantly increased in Georgia due to the surge in infections.

The local office of ​​the World Health Organisation and the mobile groups of the Health Ministry monitor hospitals on-site, and if necessary, our citizens can be treated peacefully and safely in the hospital,” Azarashvili said. 

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili called on people earlier today to get vaccinated, wear face masks and maintain social distance in order to avoid the further spread of coronavirus. 

Garibashvili announced that the country’s government has already ordered the vaccine developed by Pfizer, adding that ‘we are also working on Merck medicines.’

We must not forget that we need even more mobilisation, and what is happening in Europe is a good lesson for us. In France, for example, the daily number of infected people exceeds 200,000,” said Garibashvili. 

Head of Georgia's National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Amiran Gamkrelidze said yesterday that 10% of confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia are the Omicron strain, predicting that the figure will increase in the near term.

Overall, 1,168,461 people are fully vaccinated in Georgia, or about 40.7% of the country’s adult population, while 1,899 people received a Covid-19 vaccine dose yesterday. 

A total of 85,971 individuals in the country have received a booster dose.

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