CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Hepatitis C TAG Meeting (November 29)
Q-n about the event
Ambassador Ross Wilson: It’s is a pleasure and honor to be part of today’s event. I think this is an extremely important initiative that the Georgian authorities have embarked on to eliminate Hepatitis C in this country. It has clearly achieved tremendous results. This is an academic conference of doctors and epidemiologists who are looking for two things: how to further the effectiveness of this program in Georgia and what lessons can be drawn from Georgia’s program for countries elsewhere in the world.
Q-n about the future plans of the program like introducing new medications.
Ambassador Ross Wilson: I think the main thrust that Minister Sergeenko described here today that’s new or additional is to push both assessment and treatment throughout the regions of Georgia, not just in the big cities, but get it out where people actually live. You asked earlier what we might recommend; I am not a doctor, but clearly my advice to people is to get screened.
Q-n about the elections
Ambassador Ross Wilson: I will say three things: elections are fundamental to any democracy and it was important that Georgia held elections yesterday, I was pleased and honored to be able to witness Georgians exerciseing their right to vote and was part of the monitoring for that along with others from my Embassy, and I think our assessment needs to await the final issuance of a report by the Central Elections Commission, by other organizations, and I’ll withhold other comment until then.