The Turkish Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Association urged against the use of hydroxychloroquine, sold under the name "Plaquenil" in Turkey, although the substance has been widely used to treat patients since the beginning of the pandemic. The association gave a categorical dismissal of the disputed drug on the grounds that the cardiac side effects that the drug may cause could be fatal.
Emine Algan reports: Infectious disease experts warned that the Turkish Health Ministry should eliminate hydroxychloroquine from their official COVID-19 treatment plan immediately, as the drug has been dismissed by global authorities. Hydroxychloroquine can cause heart rhythm disorder of up to 20 percent, which can cause sudden heart failure, one expert noted.
Germany lifted a warning against travelling to four Turkish seaside provinces, Antalya, İzmir, Aydın and Muğla, as part of a deal to help revive tourism between the two countries, the foreign ministry in Berlin said on Aug. 4.
Turkish Medical Association (TTB) members noted that the announcement of the Turkish COVID-19 drug was unusually fast, and the information about the drug itself was unfounded. Meanwhile, one member said that the country was far from having overcome the outbreak, which he said was evident in the inconsistency of new numbers of cases each day.
Turkish scientists have produced a domestic reproduction of Favipiravir, widely used to treat COVID-19. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said that once the drug was registered and mass produced, it would also be exported.
There is an important rise in the number of those catching coronavirus in the Diyarbakır area. Villages and apartments are under quarantine. Of course there is also the warning from doctors of a second wave. This warning indicates that the government is adopting the approach of passing responsibility onto society.
The Turkish Medical Association has claimed that the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country is higher than the official figures, saying that the Health Ministry doesn't convey the numbers to the World Health Organization (WHO) using the appropriate codes, causing the death toll to seem lesser than it actually is. WHO, meanwhile, said that it's alarmed about the "dramatic increase" in coronavirus spread in Turkey.
Ankara University Biotechnology Institute Director Aykut Özkul has succeeded in isolating the COVID-19 virus, which is the first step to create a vaccine and medication against it. “This is just the beginning. We are determined and ambitious. A Turkish scientist has isolated the virus!” said the institute in a tweet April 5.
Governor's offices across Turkey continue to adopt measures to curb the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19), with Diyarbakır Governor's Office banning cemetery visits due to being incompatible with social isolation and distancing. In Istanbul, meanwhile, working hours of pharmacies were shortened.
Turkey’s top religious authority issues fatwa on donating zakat to state’s campaign against COVID-19
Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) has issued a fatwa on donating zakats to the state's campaign that was launched to collect money to be used in the country's struggle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "What one needs to be careful about is that the person donating money should state that it's zakat," Diyanet said.
Pharmacists in Turkey's capital Ankara are experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment, Chair of Ankara's Pharmacists Chamber Taner Ercanlı said. "Our colleagues don't have masks to wear themselves, let alone to sell," Ercanlı said.
A male patient in the southern province of Denizli escaped the hospital where he was awaiting his coronavirus test results. Police found Murat E. walking on a nearby street and called an ambulance to transport him back to the hospital.
Rapid tests not as reliable as Polmyerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests but still useful, Turkish experts agree
Turkish excerpts agree that while rapid testing kits for coronavirus can be faulty at times, they are a good tool to allow healthcare workers to prioritize patients for the diagnostic test. The antibody test is more reliable, however, it takes five to six days after infection for the antibodies to appear in the patient’s bloodstream and for them to test positive.
Novel coronavirus drugs from China were distributed to 40 cities across Turkey via air ambulances to be used for patients in intensive care units. "The drugs that reached the Ankara late at night were distributed to 40 cities via air ambulances. The new drugs will be used for COVID-19 patients being treated in intensive care units," Minister Koca said in a written statement, adding that the effect of the drugs will be clear in the upcoming days.