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President Zourabichvili: “Democracy Cannot Exist without Journalists, the State - without the Police, and Society - without You”

“Democracy in the country cannot exist without journalists. The State cannot exist without law enforcement. And society cannot exist without you,” highlighted President Salome Zourabichvili during her speech awarding doctors and health care representatives for their high professionalism and for having delivered dignified care during the Rustaveli Avenue protests on 20 June.
Medals of Honor were awarded to:
·Revaz Ominadze, ophthalmic surgeon at theTbilisi Regional hospital;
·Mariam Golovachova, ophthalmic surgeon at New Hospitals;
·Maka Gvaramia, Director of the Tbilisi Emergency Centre;
· Solomon Rostomashvili, Deputy to the Director of the Tbilisi Emergency Centre.
On behalf of the Mayor of Tbilisi's office, Vice-Mayor of Tbilisi Irakli Khmaladze handed Gratitude Certificates to the team of the Tbilisi Emergency Centre for their special contribution in saving the lives of the injured people.
“Today is a special day, a day of gratitude! During the Rustaveli Avenue events on 20 June, health care workers did a great job the whole night. Our citizens were provided with medical services and were transferred to medical centers on time. On behalf of the entire society, I would like to extend my gratitude to them,” stated President Zourabichvili.
“Several of the patients’ conditions, unfortunately, still remain critical and the medics are doing everything for their recovery,” she also noted.
“New Hospitals received 24 patients during that night. Emergency surgeries were provided and were successful,” the President stated. “In the case of six patients, operations were completed successfully and doctors managed to preserve their eyesight. This is utterly important, as the eyesight of these young people is the eyesight of our future. 
“I would like to distinguish ophthalmic surgeon Mariam Golovachova’s merit with this award. her birthday being was on June 21st, she changed her shift that night and managed to successfully fulfill her duties.
“During the night, the Regional Hospital had to work under difficult conditions and extremely tough operations were performed on two patients injured with rubber bullets.
 “When I personally called from Belarus, they informed me that the patients’ eye could not be saved. However, miracles happen and luckily, the eye was saved in both cases. I would like to extend my gratitude to a young ophthalmic surgeon, Rezo Omiadze, who was educated abroad and returned back to Georgia.”
President Zourabichvili stated that 77 emergency brigades worked that night. They managed to transport the patients with different injuries to hospitals in a timely manner.
“Maka Gvaramia, Director of Tbilisi Emergency Centre, who returned from maternity leave that night, and acting director Solomon Rostomashvili are among the people who managed to mobilize their center and worked extremely effectively. I would like to thank all of you.
“We have chosen these four people, as it is not possible to award all. However, these awards are for each of you who worked in diverse hospitals and clinics. This was an amazing example of being unified, which is very important for our country.
“Georgia has gone through numerous tragedies, difficult days, nights, and periods. However, a side of society has always been there, providing hope and strength. Today, that side is all of you who are ready to work to the full extent of your duties for this country and for its future. We have seen you proving it. I thank all of you,” highlighted President Zourabichvili.
The President of Georgia extended her gratitude as well to the journalists and police officers who were fulfilling their professional responsibilities during the June 20th protest.
“There are injured among the journalists as well. They were performing their duties and I would like to support them.
“I support the law enforcement officers who endured huge pressure and violence that night and stood in front of it for a long time.
“I will not talk about the use of excessive force by the police. This is the responsibility of the investigative agencies and this process is in progress. Those who should be punished, must be punished.
“However, the same attitude should not be sent toward all police officers. No democracy can exist in a country without the media, no state can exist in a country without law enforcement, and no society can exist without you,” emphasized President Zourabichvili.
The doctors extended their gratitude to the President for the state award and her trust.
“I would like to thank President Salome Zourabichvili for her trust. Receiving this award is a great honor for me. I have not done anything special. I was only fulfilling my responsibilities. There were two patients with serious eye injuries. Both the patients and I were lucky that I managed to restore the eye integrity.
“I would like to thank Nino Beradze in the Center of Ophthalmology. Without her support and assistance, we wouldn’t have been as successful. I would like to extend my gratitude to the whole team of the Ophthalmology Center as well, for their support and our mutual spirit,” noted Rezo Omiadze.

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