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Gov’t to finance cancer treatment

By Tea Mariamidze
Friday, December 9
Georgian government will fund cancer treatment with the latest technology through a state-led Universal Healthcare Program.

The latest EDGE radiosurgery system, which enables targeting ailing areas with high precision and ensures greater chances for recovery, will be available in Academician Fridon Todua's clinic to treat patients with cancer.

At the new building, which was reconstructed eight months ago, two linear accelerators and a Brach therapy device – along with the EDGE radiosurgery system – will be used to treat patients.

These devices ensure greater chances of recovery thanks to their precision, speed, and streamlined treatment while avoiding a heavy dose received by healthy tissues.

The clinic was visited by Georgia’s Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, and the Health Minister, Davit Sergeenko, on Wednesday.

PM Kvirikashvili welcomed the fact that, based on cooperation with the Universal Healthcare Program, and using the right model for partnership between the state and the private sector, it was possible to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, thanks to which patients no longer have to travel abroad.

“In the past, our citizens were forced to sell their property or take on heavy financial burdens, but today it is all available here in Georgia. This program will be financed by the state,” he declared.

The PM said Georgians should be proud of Fridon Todua, who returned to Georgia in 1990, as he has invested 34 million euros in the clinic.

The Health Minister underlined that the latest generation equipment installed in Todua’s clinic would significantly reduce the flow of patients who sought medical treatment abroad.

“I wish success to this clinic, and to my mind their involvement in healthcare is very important, " Sergeenko said.

Deputy Director of the Oncology Institute, Maka Maghlakelidze, underlined that the new technology would give doctors a chance to treat even fourth stage cancer and prolong patients’ lives.