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A/H1N1 has weakened the Georgian pharmaceutical companies2009-12-17 22:20
Georgia has approached the peak of A/H1N1 diseases. Still, the epidemic has not been announced officially. Up to recently, the fixed cases of the illness had a light form, while the last week has opened a sad statistics of deaths from A/H1N1. There is a real threat of panic among the people, for the medicines have so much grown in price that most people simply cannot afford to buy them. The opposition is blaming the government for the current situation, while the latter is seeking a suitable excuse. It looks like the Georgian pharmaceutical companies are going to play the role of a scapegoat.
At the beginning of the month Head of the Georgian Ministry of Health Sandro Kvitashvili stated that the country is on the verge of an A/H1N1 epidemic. As he said at the briefing, "there is no epidemic so far but we are obviously on the verge of it". Kvitashvili also underlined that all medical structures are prepared and "all doctors know what to do". Earlier, such statement was made by Deputy Head of National Center for Disease Control Shota Tsanava. He said that "these words should not be taken as a kind of threat, for we have got annual influenza epidemic in December".
Representatives of the National Center for Disease Control say that since August, over one thousand people in Georgia have caught the A/H1N1 virus according to non-official data and there are over 600 cases officially. Still, it is not the statistic discrepancies that matter.
Last week, several cases of death from this disease have been fixed in the country. According to Novye Izvestia, the first lethal outcome was recorded last Saturday when a 27-year-old man died from severe form of this disease. On Tuesday, it became known of the death of three women, one of whom was pregnant. The doctors managed to save the baby by way of Caesarian operation. The next A/H1N1 victim was another mother-to-be, whose baby was also saved due to the operation. About 2 thousand people having severe form of the disease are undergoing medical treatment in clinics. As explained by Ministry of Health, the epidemic will be announced only in case each 10th person in the country gets infected with the virus. According to the government's decision, those being ill with A/H1N1 are treated free-of-charge.
Up to now, all cases of A/H1N1 in Georgia have taken a relatively light form and all the patients recovered. This is official statistics. Many doctors believe that the government is concealing the true situation from the people and attributes fatal cases to other diseases, including brain fever. Such statement was made several weeks ago by Head of Homeopathy Center of Georgia Tina Topuria.