Some 150 types of medicine are currently unavailable in pharmacies across Turkey as medical firms and depots have suspended the release of products amid upcoming price hikes due on Feb. 15, said a deputy of the main opposition CHP. The Turkish Pharmacists' Association confirmed that pharmacies are running out of medicine, saying the Euro exchange rate set for the pricing of medicines is set to increase by 10-11 percent.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the country has taken steps against the coronavirus. "We have preparations, including taking a risky patient from China to our quarantine room and taking them to the hospital via a specially designated ambulance," Koca told the state-owned Anadolu news agency.
Three-year-old Baran Özkadı, who resides with his family in the Central Anatolian province of Çorum is suffering from the multicystic dyplastic kidney illness. Baran, who is unable to walk or speak, has to travel every week to Ankara for treatment three times due to a lack of a nephrology department at hospitals in Çorum.
Due to anti-vaccination sentiment that has increased in Turkey in recent years, the number of those refusing to vaccinate their children has skyrocketed from 183 to 23,000 in only 7 years. The consequences for public health have also quickly revealed themselves, as the number of those catching measles during the first 9 months of last year increased fivefold compared to the same period in 2018, reaching 2666.
In Turkey, the minimum age required to get sex reassignment surgery is 18. In order for one to change one's gender section on an identity card, the procedure must be conducted at a state hospital. Sex reassignment surgery is available in Turkey's major cities like Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya. Those operations are not only risky but costly and those trans people that suffer complications following a procedure, no legal procedure can be launched against the doctor in question.
Pharmacies in Istanbul have been unable to sell vaccination against HPV - a virus that can cause genital warts, cervical cancer and penile cancer. Erdoğan Çolak, the Chair of the Pharmacists' Association of Turkey, says this has to do with the fact that exporters are unwilling to sell products for low-marked prices and delay deliveries.
Some 11,629 babies died in Turkey in 2018 due to socioeconomic conditions, the Turkish Medical Association said during the presentation of a healthcare report that was prepared with data from the Ministry of Health. The report also revealed the death of 14,240 children under the age five in 2018.
Asbestos continues to threaten the public health nine years after it was banned, according to Turkey's Chamber of Geological Engineers. The carcinogenic silicate material wasn't properly removed from circulation, "the asbestos that was already in circulation continues to exist in different forms," the Chamber noted.
Violence against healthcare workers in Turkey has increased during the tenure of the ruling Justice and Development Party, with over 91,000 instances of violence being reported between 2012 and 2019, according to a report prepared by main opposition Republican People's Party.
A three-month ban has been imposed on horse-drive carriages operating on Istanbul's Princes' Islands, following a protracted controversy surrounding the poor conditions of the horses. The decision was made after it was determined that 81 horses on the islands were recently buried on the islands after succumbing to Glanders, a respiratory disease specific to horses, donkeys and mules.
A 52-year-old woman of foreign origin was hospitalized after suffering from intense coughing, nasal blockage and aches in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, prompting the hospital to place the woman under surveillance on suspicion of swine flu infection. "It's not certain that the patient was infected with the H1N1 virus. We have began antibiotic and antiviral treatments in the isolation room," the statement released from the hospital read.
Since the beginning of October, a lack of a sufficient flu vaccinations in Turkey has resulted in waiting lists at pharmacies. The country's Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca recently announced that 253,000 flu vaccinations had been distributed throughout Turkey, but due to high demand, an additional 500,000 would be distributed in the coming weeks.
The district of Beytüşşebap is in the southeastern province of Şırnak, which is the province with the second-highest birthrate in the country, lacks a single obstetrician or gynecologist. Doctors appointed to districts in Şırnak frequently have resigned from their positions.
66 people from Istanbul and the neighboring province of Istanbul were poisoned after eating spinach this week, in what Istanbul health authorities consider to be a case of the vegetable being mixed with wild plants. According to food engineer Bülent Şık, the reason for poisoning is the chemical materials which plants produce to protect themselves from insects because large segment of those materials are toxins.
Half of all households in Turkey never buy toothpaste while yearly toothpaste consumption per person is only 100 grams. In developed countries people go to a dentist twice per year on average, while in Turkey 43 percent of the population has not been to a dentist in the last year.