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Free population screening in Adjara


Free  population screening in Adjara

Tbilisi Medical Academy (TMA) and Photodermatology and Skin Cancer Association of Georgia organized a free screening of the population in Adjara within the framework of the skin cancer awareness raising campaign "Euromelanoma".

Free screening of the population took place in Adjara for two days. The process was led by the Dean of the School of Medicine of TMA, the President of the Photodermatology and Skin Cancer Association of Georgia, Professor Lali Mekokishvili. Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University (BSU) hosted the first day of screening. Free population screening was provided by specialists from Tbilisi and Batumi. Also, students of the Faculty of Medicine of TMA and BSU took part in the medical inspection. More than 150 citizens of different ages across Batumi were given the opportunity to be examined and consulted by doctors.

Minister of Health and Social Protection of Adjara, Nino Nizharadze, First Deputy Minister Mari Zakanidze, Director of Adjara Public Health Center Rusudan Shavishvili and Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Health of BSU, Professor Rusudan Khukhunaishvili personally got acquainted with the screening process.

"As you know, the Melanoma awareness campaign is held every year and has an international character. Within the framework of the campaign, it is important not only diagnostics but also awareness of the population, especially the young generation, in these directions. Each of us should be involved in the early diagnosis and detection of Melanoma. Of course, we welcome and the Ministry annually supports the "Euromelanoma" campaign - Minister of Health and Social Protection of Adjara, Public Health Specialist, Nino Nizharadze. Screening of the population was continued in the municipality of Khulo, where a large number of the population expressed their desire to participate in the screening. TMA students assisted the doctors in the screening process. It is important that doctors from mountainous Adjara participating in the photo project "6 Days of a Country Doctor" implemented by TMA were involved in the campaign.

The "Euromelanoma" campaign has been celebrated in Georgia since 2012 and is organized by the "Photodermatology and Skin Cancer Association of Georgia". The slogan of this year's information campaign is "Are you protecting yourself from ultraviolet rays? Know that there are easy ways to be safe in the sun!" The target audience of the campaign is young people. Euromelanoma is the largest skin cancer and Melanoma prevention initiative in the world. The aim of the campaign is to share information on skin cancer prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.

The event was held with the support of the Ministry of Health of Adjara and Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University.