Davit Sergeenko. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is opening a new treatment center for tuberculosis in Tbilisi.

The government is discussing the new clinic today.

Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs , David Sergeenko, told reporters Thursday that the clinic, which will be located in the Khudadovi district, has 17 beds and will be opened in a few days.

The clinic will cost an extra 50 000 lari per month to run, in addition to the 22 million lari already spent. The operation costs will be spent on utilities and administrative costs.

“The building is ready and undergoing testing of ventilation and water supply systems,” Sergeenko said.

Tuberculosos was a problem particularly in Georgian prisons, were outbreaks claimed many lives during Saakashvili’s years in power, as the penitentiary system became overcrowded. A year ago, half the prison population was released in a mass amnesty.