Health Ministry to Install Defibrillators at Offices and Public Places

The Georgian Health Ministry plans to install defibrillators at offices and public places. Health Minister Aleksandre Kvitasvhili introduced the project on July 23.

Initially, fifty defibrillators will be installed. The price per device makes up 2000 USD and the warranty period is five years.
The innovation is expected to reduce the death rate of heart attacks in Georgia, Kvitashvili noted.
Geomedika, Georgian company, will import the device from the USA. Geomedika Director Giorgi Lomsadze says the defibrillator is produced by American Company Zolli and is adjusted to unqualified consumers. Any citizens will be able to render primary assistance to persons with heart disease.
The Ministry also plans to invite foreign specialists to organize trainings.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says a total of thirty persons die of sudden death a week per one million individuals.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili assigned the Health Ministry to install the defibrillators in Georgia on May 18 after Georgian poet Mukhran Machavariani died of heart attack on the theater stage.