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SUKHUM, November 19 (Itar-Tass) — Sukhum festively opened the first building of the republican hospital, overhauled with funds, appropriated by Russia in the framework of the Complex Plan for assistance in social and economic development of Abkhazia in 2010-2012.
The event was timed to coincide with the third Russsian-Abkhazian business forum “Abkhazia – 2011: formation of strategy of the republic’s economic development based on cooperation with Russian regions”, which took place in the republican capital on November 17-18.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab, Vice-President Mikhail Logua, parliament speaker Nugzar Ashuba, Prime Minister Leonid Lakerbaya, chief of the Russian president’s division for inter-regional and cultural relations with foreign countries Sergei Vinokurov, Russion Minister of Regional Development Viktor Basargin, Vice-Governor of the Krasnodar Territory Oleg Kachalov and Russian Ambassador to Abkhazia Semyon Grigoryev.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the Abkhazian Health Minister Zurab Marshan thanked the governments of Abkhazia and Russia for allocating funds for capital repairs of the hospital and its equipment.
Premier Leonid Lakerbaya thanked all who built and equipped the building of the hospital as well as congratulated all Abkhazian citizens with the appearance in the country of the medical establishment of the high level and expressed hope that most citizens will have no need now for going outside the republic for diagnosing and treatment.
Russian Minister of Regional Development Viktor Basargin recalled that he had visited the hospital with Ankvab exactly one year ago who took an obligation to build a modern treatment and diagnostics centre and was true to his word. For his part, Vinokurov added that “citizens’ health is a priority in the work of the Abkhazian leadership”.