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Closing ceremony of the Medical Project at Gori Military Hospital

(This article expired 23.06.2013.)

On Friday, 15 June 2012 the closing ceremony of the Medical Project was held at Gori Military Hospital. The guests at the ceremony included, among others, Vice Prime Minister of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Baramidze, his deputy Ms. Helen Khoshtaria, Deputy Minister of Defense Mr. Andro Barnovi, Head of NATO Liaison Office in Tbilisi Mr. William Lahue, and Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia H.E. Mr. Ivan Jestrab. The Czech Republic has financed the refurbishment of the Rehabilitation Unit at the Gori Military hospital.

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The rehabilitation capacity has been a significant element of the Georgia Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Project. By funding of the medical rehabilitation project, the Gori hospital has been provided over 80,000 EUR's worth of modern specialist equipment. It will allow the hospital's rehabilitation department to provide a broader range of physiotherapy services to both military and civilian patients alike, clearly demonstrating the benefits the PfP Project brings to the people of Georgia.

Besides the Rehabilitation Centre, the Czech Republic continues to support politically and financially the whole PfP project, which also aims at providing specialist training and equipment to an Explosive Ordnance DisposalCompany of 66 personnel from the Georgian Army Engineer Brigade that will enable Georgia to conduct humanitarian demining, battle area clearance and large ordnance disposal. Ultimately, Georgia could also use this capability in support of NATO operations.

It has taken almost two years of unwavering effort by the Czech Republic, Estonia and Lithuania, the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA), other fourteen contributing countries up to date as well as many dedicated Georgians, to meet the goals of the project.

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