Turkey’s Ministry of Education has finally announced that it will delay face-to-face education until September 21. But dilemmas and questions remain.
In the past four months, none of our municipalities prepared the infrastructure for washing our hands. They were not able to meet the sidewalk conditions of 1.5 meters width for the social distancing of pedestrians. Almost all of our 1,397 municipalities have failed according to these criteria, including opposition ones.
Hospital janitors and caretakers in Turkey risking their lives for low wages without sufficient protection gear
Müzeyyen Yüce reports: We spoke with janitors and caretakers working at high-risk hospitals. Considering themselves the “weakest link in the chain” of healthcare workers, these personnel are facing difficulties finding protective equipment, and a significant number of them have caught the virus. "We are a part of this process but we are not considered to be healthcare workers," they complain.
Some medical experts in Turkey argue that the hospitals which were previously emptied by the AKP government, can easily be ransformed into functioning hospitals with minimal spending to treat COVID-19 patients. One might wonder why they were closed in the first place.
People in Turkey stepped out on their balconies on March 19 evening to applaud healthcare workers on the front line of fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Health Minister Koca called on the public to stage this collective act of solidarity three-nights in a row.