Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend S.Ilhamgizi / Dashgin Gulmammadov, the President of the National Assembly of Georgian Azerbaijanis, has stated that the health system in Georgian Marneuli (Sarvan), Bolnisi (Choruk-Gamarli), Dmanisi (Bash Kechid), Sagarejo (Garachep), Tetrichkaro (Agbulag) and Gardabani (Garayazi) regions, where Azerbaijanis reside, is in an unsatisfactory state.
Most polyclinics, maternity hospitals and ambulance stations have suspended their activities. The buildings have not been repaired in more than twenty years.
"The necessary medical equipment does not exist in the hospitals or they are not allocated by the Georgian Health Ministry. Most medical specialists refuse to work for such low salaries and in such poor working conditions," Gulmammadov said.
Georgia does not take any initiatives in restoring the health system in the villages where Azerbaijanis reside. The allocation of grants from the budget towards improvement has been suspended since 2004. To receive medical aid Azerbaijanis go to Tbilisi or to the Azerbaijani Kazakh region, or Ganja or Baku cities.
Gulmammadov said that there is no emergency room in Borchali (Kvemo-Kartli). However, in the Imereli, Kakhetia, Guria and Samegrelo regions of Georgia where Georgians reside emergency rooms operate normally.