CemilTaşçıoğlu, an internal medicine professor of Istanbul ÇapaUniversity, has become the first doctor to die of coronavirus inTurkey.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) released a statement about Taşçıoğlu's death, saying: “Doctors offering health service in Covid-19 epidemic have unfortunately given their first loss. We once again remind that measures protecting medical staff are not disrupted, and offer our condolences to our esteemed professor's family.”
Hocamız, meslektaşımız Prof.Dr.Cemil Taşçıoğlu'nu kaybettik— TürkTabipleriBirliği (@ttborgtr) April 1, 2020
Covid-19 salgınında sağlık hizmeti sunan hekimler ne yazık ki ilk kayıplarını verdiler.
Sağlık çalışanlarını koruyacak tedbirlerde aksama olmamasını bir kez daha hatırlatır, değerli hocamızın ailesine başsağlığı dileriz
In a separate tweet, the TTB said that Taşçıoğlu had contracted the virus while treating Turkey's first confirmed coronavirus patient. It also called on medical staff to observe a minute's silence at 12 p.m. afternoon on April 2 to show their respect for the deceased professor.
Ülkemizdeki Covid-19 tanılı ilk hastayı tedavi ederken hastalanan ve aynı salgında kaybettiğimiz değerli hocamız Prof.Dr.Cemil Taşçıoğlu’nu saygı ve sevgimizi göstermek üzere yarın (Perşembe) saat: 12:00 ‘de her yerde saygı duruşundayız.#CemilTascioglu pic.twitter.com/Ca8TvrBsGY— TürkTabipleriBirliği (@ttborgtr) April 1, 2020
Taşçıoğlu, 67, was placed under quarantine on March 16 after showing symptoms of the virus. Afterwards, his son Onur Taşçıoğlu announced on social media that the professor's test had come positive, but his health situation was not serious.
“He has no fever and his breathing is normal; he is not attached to a breathing machine and his health situation is currently stable,” Onur Taşçıoğlu had said.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on April 1 that a total of 601 healthcare personnel have so far contracted the virus in Turkey.
He said deaths from the coronavirus increased by 63 to 277 on April 1 in the country, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 2,148 to 15,679.Turkey’s coronavirus death toll hits 277, as gov't shares geographic distribution of cases