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Doctors-heroes between Abkhazia and Georgia2012-04-17 11:27
The border between Georgia and Abkhazia is not the friendliest place, and for the local population the postwar period is still not over - the unresolved conflict prevents the developing economy and establishing a normal life. Medicine works here in extreme conditions. Our correspondent visited the hospital in the village of Nabakevi, in the Gali district of Abkhazia, where the Hippocratic Oath is the sole motivation for the doctors to save people.
Gali region of Abkhazia is still often called "zone of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict". Although the military phase of the conflict there has ended as everywhere - in 1993, life in the region still justifies the status of the conflict zone for some reason. Gali is clearly divided into so-called "upper" and "lower" parts.
Between the district center, the town of Gal and village of Nabakevi, there are nearly 25 kilometers of broken road. There are still a lot of burnt houses in the village, but the locals are gradually making their homes more comfortable. Border with Georgia is a few dozen meters away; and the hospital, where we are headed, is located right on the border, on the bank of the Inguri River.
The hospital is very small when compared with the Russian analogues, and although multidisciplinary medical facilities are not necessary here, however, it is not enough for all residents of the region. The hospital serves the residents of eight villages of the lower zone of the Gali district.
Hospital was built in 2002. The decision on its construction was made jointly by Abkhaz and Georgian sides, but in practical terms, it was supported by the health ministries of both countries. That is unheard level of cooperation between the countries in conflict at the present time. Today, it is unreal. The Georgian-Abkhaz conflict seems to alienate the sides from the possibility to solve the conflict.
From the beginning, Nona Tarba, a universal physician, combining in her several specialists, was the chief physician of the hospital. The hospital staff operates like one big family; there are no clear limits of the competence, only mutual aid and support. In total, the hospital staff includes more than twenty doctors and nurses who are ready to help at any moment.