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Battling poverty through pearly whites

by | Dec 22, 2011

TBILISI, DFWatch – President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, is embarking on a bold new plan to repair the teeth of all the elderly in his country.

“Let’s fill, insert and polish the teeth on all, so that they will be in a good mood and can smile all the time,” Saakashvili said as he announced his ambitious plan, called “Smiling Georgia”.

The president’s announcement came in the midst of his own birthday celebration on December 21, which took place in a municipality dining room in Batumi, a city on the Black Sea close to Turkey.

Socially challenged elderly had been invited to his party, whom he treated to a meal consisting of caviar and Spanish cheese; a present from friends of the Georgian leader.

The aim of project “Smiling Georgia” is to send the entire elderly population to the dentist, on the notion that bad teeth may lead to a gloomy outlook on life.

“When a person has a problem with teeth, he loses the joy to work, joy to smile and has a different opinion of the world,” Saakashvili said.

Saakashvili said the program will begin by sending socially vulnerable elderly first to have their teeth fixed, and later the rest of seniors will get the chance.

“We should solve the problem of teeth for everone, without exception. We are preparing the dentists and will allocate the funds,” he said.

It’s unclear where the money will be taken from or how much it will cost, as well as when it will begin. The presidential administration told DFWatch that the program is now underway and details will be announced in the near future.



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