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Georgia preparing to send humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

by | Sep 1, 2014
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Health Minister Davit Sergeenko. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Children and injured people will be brought from Ukraine to Georgia for treatment, and Georgia will offer humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said on Saturday.

“We are also thinking of bringing children, injured, and those who need rehabilitation or medical treatment. We are ready to provide as much help as we are able to.”

In addition to treating injured, Georgia will also send medicines, and a team of medical experts.

Gharibashvili underlined that Georgia’s assistance to Ukraine is only humanitarian.

Health Minister Davit Sergeenko arrived in Ukraine on August 27 accompanied by several specialists. The ministry is to send a group of doctors on a humanitarian mission and if needed bring with them patients from Ukraine and take them to Georgia for medical treatment.

On Saturday, Sergeenko said medicines will be sent to Ukraine next week. He said he had meetings at the Health Ministry in Kiev for three days to prepare a plan for the cooperation. The minister said a group of coordinators has been created who will exchange information.

The preliminary plan involves sending a group of medical specialists within 24 if needed.

“We have selected hotspots in Ukraine where people are most in need of medical help. Those are people living in areas where there are war actions and they are restricted from getting medical assistance.”

According to Sergeenko, there are several hundreds of people with chronic diseases who need medicines, including children. Georgia will also send first aid kits.

The ministry is currently working to determine how much the assistance will cost, and after getting a green light from the government, they will start sending medicines next week.



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