China announces concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19 as Xi addresses WHA session
Easter is a very special occasion for Georgia, when many families come together and share a heartwarming celebration. The community spirit at the heart of Easter includes a sense of responsibility to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19.
The UN in Georgia commends the people of Georgia for the responsible way they are complying with the protective measures recommended by the Government, guided by the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO). This approach has already reduced the number of cases of infection and saved lives. We need to continue this trend.
This year we call on every family in Georgia to share the spirit of the celebration, but put the health and the wellbeing of the community first. Please, stay home and avoid gatherings to ensure that you and your loved ones remain healthy in these unheard-of circumstances.
More than ever, we should make use of modern technology to reconnect with relatives and friends living far and close: physical distancing is not social isolation. Let’s maintain our connections by conducting faith activities in alternative ways.
Adhering to physical distancing rules protect ourselves, our beloved ones and the entire community. It protects in particular the most vulnerable: older people, people living with chronic health conditions and immune suppression.
Following the Government's recommendations will also protect healthcare workers and public health professionals who have been bravely and tirelessly, day and night, fighting the pandemic since the very first case. We need to stay home to let them stay at work healthy and caring for the sick ones.
The UN in Georgia calls on all living in Georgia to continue play your essential role in fighting COVID-19 thus contributing to the national response by staying at home!
The UN wishes all those in Georgia who celebrate a Happy Easter!
Related information: “Practical considerations and recommendations for religious leaders and faith-based communities in the context of COVID-19,” was published by the World Health Organization to guide religious leaders, faith-based organizations, and faith communities during COVID-19.Link
Prime Minister – we have to be proud of the fact that unparalleled Hepatitis C program is being implemented in Georgia
World Health Organization endorsed July 28 as a Hepatitis Day and us as Georgians have to be proud that unparalleled program is being implemented in Georgia. More than 10 000 people are among the beneficiaries of the program - Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili declared during today's Cabinet Session.
Head of the Government indicated that the Program continues and expands. The healing rates are also positive. Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked David Sergeenko and the team engaged in implementation of the Program and indicated that this achievement has no critics. More than 14 000 people have engaged in the Program starting from last April, more than 5 000 individuals terminated their treatment and 92% of said beneficiaries were cured, - Minister of Healthcare presented these statistical data.
Pursuant to David Sergeenko, this high percentage is an indicator of a great success. "To initiate the project, it was necessary to ensure that healthcare was the Government's priority area and there was a stable political environment in the country. These were the main preconditions that led to launching the project. 3 months ago we have switched to the new generation medicine, removed all criteria, including those related to the gravity of disease, risk groups, etc, thus sufficiently increasing the inflow of patients. If before we registered 800 patients per month, now we reach out to around 3 000 patients. I consider that this will be a great relief for the infected 150 000 people in Georgia," - David Sergeenko stated.
According to the head of the Government, this is an impressive achievement.
"Many people expected this Program and it is welcoming fact that it not only lives up our expectations, but exceeds them in terms of success as well," - Prime Minister noted.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has voiced its concern over reports that a case of the Zika viruscontracted in the US state of Texas was transmitted sexually. According to Euronews, as the outbreak quickly spreads across the Americas, health ministers from South America gathered in Uruguay to discuss how the region could coordinate its fight against the virus.
“Studies by the region’s health ministries confirms there is cause for concern,” Uruguay’s health minister Jorge Basso told reporters. “The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) estimates there will be 4 million additional cases of infection from the Zika virus in the Americas region by the end of 2016.”
Brazil’s health ministry said the number of suspected microcephaly cases in newborn babies that may be linked to Zika was up.
A number of drug developers are trying to produce a vaccine to combat the virus .. but experts say that would take months or years to develop.