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‘Smiling Georgia’ canceled, some elderly left toothless

by | Oct 9, 2013
Davit Sergeenko

Minister of Health Davit Sergeenko. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s new government says it will not continue a plan launched by President Saakashvili two years ago called ‘Smiling Georgia’, which involved fixing the teeth of elderly people.

Minister of Health Davit Sergeenko said at a press conference Wednesday that the country has more important issues to solve now than ‘Smiling Georgia’ and will not follow it up. He called the project part of the previous government’s election campaign.

Some people have managed to have their teeth repaired for free, but there are also some who are dissatisfied that they had all their teeth removed before the election, and after the election they didn’t get prosthesis because the ‘Smiling Georgia’ project was stopped.

President Mikheil Saakashvili in the end of 2011 promised to fix the teeth of elderly people.

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



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