Turkey’s top medical association calls for meeting with Health Minister after 32 doctors succumb to COVID-19
As the number of doctors who lost their lives due to the COVID-19 has reached 32, Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Chairman Sinan Adıyaman has demanded a meeting with Health Minister Fahrettin Koca. "We would like to hold a face-to-face meeting with you to discuss implementations that would prevent and curb the deaths and infections in question. We are of the opinion that this information exchange is our historical responsibility on both sides,” Adıyaman said in his letter on Aug. 27.
Health Ministry says some private hospitals, labs failed to register COVID-19 test results on gov’t system
Turkey's Health Ministry has announced that some private hospitals and labs authorized to run COVID-19 tests have failed to register the test results on the ministry's sytem, as a result of there have been problems with regards to the identification of the contact chain in case of an infected person.
The COVID-19 pandemic is out of control in Turkey, as the number of daily diagnoses has surpassed the number of patients who successfully completed treatment for a few days, infections expert Prof. Mehmet Ceyhan said on Aug. 26. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has implemented additional precautions such as limiting wedding ceremonies' length.
Turkish teachers' union Eğitim-Sen has announced that some teachers from 34 schools across Turkey have recently contracted the COVID-19 after they were invited to schools to plan the academic year in advance. Eğitim-Sen said that authorities failed to undertake sufficient precautions to ensure the health and safety of teachers.
Turkey's appliances giant Vestel reportedly prevented workers from seeking help at the hospital, even though they presented with symptoms. A report by the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) revealed major lapses in COVID-19 precautions in the company's western Manisa factory.
Turkey's daily COVID-19 cases jumped to its highest level since mid-June on Aug. 25 at 1,502. The government responded by banning circumcision feasts, henna nights and engagement parties in 14 provinces.
The Unity for Democracy platform has released an announcement on its website on Aug. 24 asserting that Turkey's present coronavirus situation is out of control and has called for urgent measures to be taken, citing recent figures and statements from healthcare experts.
Turkey can achieve its economic goals only if the country manages to keep the number of coronavirus cases at a low level, President Erdoğan has said. "Turkey can reach its targets in production, employment and export if the country's pandemic trend improves," Erdoğan said on Aug. 24 following a cabinet meeting.
Turkey has the 18th highest number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, according to Worldometer data, and the 24th highest number of deaths. online news portal T24 reported on Aug. 24. The five countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases are currently the United States, Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa.
Fears of a second wave of COVID have bolstered the demand for flu shots among the Turkish population this year, amid concerns that the country might face a shortage. A main opposition CHP deputy has said that the current 1-1.5 million doses of flu shots will not suffice for the whole population, as a result of which the government will make new orders at overcharged prices.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that Turkey is in talks with Russia, Germany and China about conducting Phase 3 trials for coronavirus vaccines developed in those countries. Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, he said there were 13 vaccines being developed in Turkey, three of which have gone beyond the animal testing phase.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that Turkey on Aug. 19 registered the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases in the last 1.5 months. Koca's statement came as the country saw 1,303 new cases and 23 more fatalities from the virus.
Main opposition says gov’t incurred loss of 100 million liras if claims about spending on COVID-19 tests true
Turkey's main opposition CHP has said the government might have incurred a loss of 100 million liras if allegations that the Health Ministry bought over 2 million COVID-19 testing kits at a price of 9 dollars per unit in April were true. CHP MP Murat Emir said that the Health Ministry paid 9.8 Turkish Liras for each of the same test kits four months later in July.
An infectious diseases expert noted that sharing make-up products can spread COVID-19 within a matter of hours. Prof. Mehmet Ceyhan said that coronavirus can stay active on products for up to five hours.
The death of a COVID-19 patient in northern Çorum was recorded as caused by an infectious disease, which is a regular death. The 82-year-old man had been receiving COVID-19 treatment for 20 days. "We were shocked to see the death certificate. They still said we had to wear masks and gloves to pick up his body," the deceased man's son said.