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Resource ID: #26558
Subject: Health
Source: Tbilisi-Paris
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Date: August 3, 2014

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This journalism investigation presented by Studio Monitor covers the issue of tuberculosis in Georgia. The number of patients suffering from active forms of tuberculosis in Georgia is growing. Georgia is among the 27 countries with the highest rates of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis. In our country, only half of the patients suffering this type of tuberculosis are cured. The authorities are late in making important decisions. In the meantime, people are dying. Some patients travel to Europe to save their lives. At the Georgian Center of Tuberculosis, contagious patients are allowed to go home or go out into the streets for a walk. This causes to spread the disease even more. The doctors at the Tuberculosis Center often make mistaken diagnoses. They permit people to enter the treatment program easily, even if the diagnosis of tuberculosis is not certain. 34 percent of multi-drug resistant TB patients in Georgia in 2013 gave up on treatment because of the unbearable side effects. Patients who were released from the Georgian TB program after showing no improvement for two years were cured by doctors after they went to Europe.

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