A group of health workers in Ankara had to barricade the door of an emergency room when loved ones of a patient wanted to push their way in to see the deceased gunshot victim. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the workers had been afraid of a violent attack, as health workers in Turkey are often targeted by patients' families.
A man who battered three nurses and stabbed a patient who tried to stop him in a community health center in western Ayvalık was released on bail on Sept. 11. The man attacked the nurses because they told him his mother would need to be put on a waitlist for a pneumonia shot.
Some 61.1 percent of health workers in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır have considered quitting their job during the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent survey revealed. An overwhelming 92.6 percent of survey participants said that they've experienced physical and emotional strain during this time period.
Health workers in Turkey's southern province of Antalya on Aug. 31 protested the death of five of their colleagues in the province last week. The group hung black masks outside the local health directorate to ask for the government's redesign of COVID-19 precautions for health workers.
A health worker who was forced by hospital management to work in the COVID-19 unit despite his chronic illnesses lost his life, Mesopotamia Agency reported on Aug. 31.
The administration of Izmir's Dokuz Eylül University has launched disciplinary investigations against healthcare workers who demonstrated in front of the university's hospital over its suspension of supplementary payments it owed to the workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Only four percent of Turkey's health workers are immune to COVID-19, a recent series of tests conducted by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) revealed. Meanwhile, immunity among Istanbulites measured around three percent.
The Turkish government needs to take independent scientific advice into account if it really wants to gain total control of the pandemic. Attempting to suppress critics, the media and scientific advice is not the solution.
Turkish Health Ministry denies responsibility to qualify COVID-19 as work disability for health workers
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that determining whether COVID-19 qualifies as a work disability for health workers was not within their jurisdiction. However, the ministry is legally bound to both consult on determining work disabilities and also has the authority to determine as a public institution.
Turkish police fired plastic bullets and teargas on a crowd at a union protest for the layoffs of three health workers in the southeastern province of Batman, who were sacked for being union members. Police also detained eight persons, six of whom were union officials.
The family of a deceased patient was released by police after they damaged hospital property, physically attacked health workers and threatened them. The attack came less than two weeks after a new “violence against health workers” law doubled the penalty for assaulting health staff.
A group of Turkish health workers joined in on the "corona foot-shake challenge," created by an American doctor and a favorite among health workers worldwide. Accompanied by a song named "Oh Na Na Na," the dance routine involves an intricate series of foot steps that mimic handshakes.
Some 1,000 health workers in Istanbul have been infected with COVID-19, a local union revealed. Some 28 workers across different industries in Istanbul have died from the virus, and over 2,000 are infected.
Turkey’s parliament on April 15 passed a bill that will see sentences increased by 50 percent for perpetrators targeting healthcare workers on duty. The long-awaited bill was passed as a gesture to medical professionals battling the coronavirus outbreak.
A public Istanbul hospital provided a 14-seat car for approximately 30 health workers for transportation during the COVID-19 curfew imposed with 2-hours notice April 10. While many of the health workers had to ride the bus standing, there should have only been seven people on the bus according to COVID-19 restrictions, Yıldız added.