The WHO Regional Director for Europe thanked Georgian health and care workers for their efforts fighting Covid-19. Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge sent a letter and a special award to the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.
WHO has declared 2021 as the International Year of Health and Care Workers (YHCW). To mark this event a special award was created, that Georgian healthcare workers received from Dr. Kluge.
“2021 was particularly challenging in terms of the physical and mental health of the population of Europe, and indeed of the whole world. Covid-19 put our health systems to the test and has imposed incredible burdens on the health and care workers,” the letter reads.
Kluge further notes that health and care workers have been struggling to cope with a burgeoning caseload of infections and hospitalizations while facing exacerbated risks to their own health.
As a small token of recognition of the continued dedication and commitment of the health and care workers, “I wish to present them with the enclosed award through your Ministry. I would like to kindly ask you to ensure that the health and care workers of your country are made aware of this recognition and hope that this modest award will be displayed in such a way to convey our message of appreciation and gratitude to all of them,” reads the letter.