LTD Innovative Dentistry Rogo adapts to COVID-19 Restrictions

LTD Innovative Dentistry Rogo adapts to COVID-19 Restrictions

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the biggest burden of battling against the virus was placed on healthcare professionals and doctors. While many other sectors were able to switch to remote working conditions, healthcare professionals had no such luxuries. Instead, the medical sector responded by introducing much stricter hygienic requirements and elevated levels of personal production through equipment, materials and behaviour.  One such example of dedication to the provision of uninterrupted healthcare is the company Innovative Dentistry Rogo – a dental clinic located in Batumi, Georgia.

Dentistry is the most exposed profession when it comes to viruses and diseases that are transmitted via aerosols. While other doctors and nurses are already at risk, they can achieve a higher level of protection if masks and face-shields are worn by both, the patient and the doctors. However, a dentist has to work at the very point where the virus is most prevalent. The use of instruments such as high-speed drills, ultrasonic scalers and air polishers, all of which produce suspended droplets or aerosol spray, increase the exposure of doctors, staff and even other patients. Due to the nature of the work, dental offices operate in a markedly different way than they did prior to the pandemic.

Innovative Dentistry Rogo, a beneficiary of a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan and grant, implement very strict hygiene regulations affecting personal protection as well as rules on the movement of staff and patients.  The dentists and hygienists now only work with face masks and face-shields, gowns, gloves and hair-covers, all of which are disinfected and/or replaced several times during the day. The entrance of the clinic has been fitted with thermal screening equipment and the hallways have been redesigned in a manner that allows maintenance of the required distance between visitors.

A distinct advantage of the Innovative Dentistry Rogo  vis-à-vis other dental clinic is rooted in a decision to invest in a substantial refurbishment project, which was financed with the support of a EU4Business-EBRD Credit line loan. The project started almost two years ago and was verified in early 2021. Part of the investment project was the installation of a modern ventilation system. Good ventilation is part of a good COVID-19 mitigation strategy for buildings. Apart from  the ability to offer its patients an environment that is as safe as possible under the circumstances, the company also invested in ultra-modern dental equipment, enabling the company to offer the highest standards in dental treatment services to its patients. The project was verified right in the midst of the pandemic. The cash-back grant, funded by the EU4Business initiative, certainly helped the company to cover the costs of the additional hygiene measures.

Loan Amount

€ 900,443

Grant Amount

€ 135,066

Invested in:

CE certified dental equipment. HVAC system, diesel generators

Primary Energy Savings

85.84 MWh/year

GHG Savings

8.96 tCO2/year

Energy Savings Ratio

22%

 

Food Alliance – Georgia

Food Alliance – Georgia

Loan Amount

€ 306,429

Grant Amount

€ 45,964

Invested in:

Production building and processing machinery

Primary Energy Savings

330 MWh/year

 

the company Food Alliance established a brand-new factory for the production of frozen pastries and bakery products, partly financed with the help of a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan. The initial plan was to launch the production line in March 2020, however due the COVID-19 restrictions, the launch was delayed, and the factory started its production in July 2020. However, since then, the factory doors have remained open, and they supply their products to all major supermarket chains throughout Georgia. In addition, the company supplies various restaurants and cafes as well as the Gulf Petrol stations in Georgia. What seemed like a rocky start at first – i.e. opening a new production line in the midst of a pandemic, where the commissioning of new processes had to go hand in hand with the introduction of new stringent protection measures for employees throughout the company – turned out well for this company. As consumers were unable to dine out, the demand on frozen food products increased drastically in Georgia. This effect was amplified during periods, when the government restricted the movement of the population and instructed people to go out for shopping as rarely as possible. Thus, purchasing frozen food with its longer shelf-life, was a good way to extend the periods between shopping trips. Just after starting the new production, Food Alliance hit a niche that opened up as a result of this newly emerged consumer need.

Sales development has been very satisfactory throughout the pandemic period, so much so that the company is already eying further expansion to tackle export markets. 

Kvareli’s Lake Resort – Georgia

Kvareli’s Lake Resort – Georgia

Loan Amount

€ 1,670,712

Grant Amount

€ 250,607

Invested in:

Building refurbishment and technical installations, furniture and kitchen equipment

Primary Energy Savings

1,178 MWh/year

GHG Savings

182 tCO2/year

Energy Saving Ratio

38 %

 

Kvareli’ Lake Resort is a hotel and restaurant facility spread over 300 hectares of beautiful natural landscape in the heart of Kakheti, one of the most beautiful regions of Georgia, east of the small city of Kvareli, beneath the southern slope of Great Caucasus mountains. The m-Group was established in 2005 and currently manages 6 hotel and restaurant objects in Tbilisi and Kvareli, each with a unique concept, targeting various price segments. The m-Group is a leading brand in the Georgian hospitality sector and was the first in former CIS countries to obtain ISO9001:2000 and HACCP certification, with the clear mission of introducing Western standards: state-of-the-art facilities, innovative designs and hospitality concepts that enhance the customers’ recreational experiences, embracing social and environmental responsibility .

The investment in comprehensive building refurbishment was designed to bring Kvareli Lake Resort into full compliance with Georgian regulation and with applicable EU Directives. The project included the refurbishment of the buildings and interior to a high standard, whilst minimizing energy consumption, optimizing fire safety and health and safety. Financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan, the project was verified during the COVID spring of 2020 – at the worst time possible as one should think.  However, due to its unique location and due to the comprehensive improvement measures implemented as part of the investment project, the company successfully applied and won a government contract for quarantine accommodation. 

Throughout most of 2020, Georgia had imposed strict quarantine conditions on incoming travellers, requiring them to self-isolate for a 14-day period upon entering Georgia. Whereas any quarantine period is stressful, passing this time in the beautiful location, with medical monitoring provided on site, made travellers feel both relaxed and safe.