Today, Ankara is not Wuhan. Wuhan is a good example compared to our capital city. Today, Ankara is a construction site. Ankara residents have to remind the city again that they do not want a municipal administration that works for contractors — alongside a presidential system that works for contractors.
Ankara has failed to make payments to private suppliers in the western province of Eskişehir for over a year, bringing the manufacturers to the brink of dysfunction. The companies' supply of medical equipment was part of a state tender that mandated payments every 120 to 200 days.
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.
It appears that Turkey will face mounting problems with regards to the management of the pandemic in the coming weeks. As the government seeks control the pandemic, to be able to boast about its success story, the reality is that its ever-increasing oppression and lack of transparency do not help.
All hospital beds and dormitories are filled in southeastern Mardin, where experts are worried the health infrastructure will fail to accommodate needs as the number of cases in the city approach 5,000.
One fifth of Turkey's population is considered "obese" and the average weight of the population is at 73.5 kilograms (162 lbs), a main opposition deputy said in a report. The government's failure to offer preventative health services to the population led to a spike in obesity numbers, according to the report.
A court failed to arrest a man accused of molesting his children after the third hearing of the case against him. A prosecutor had previously failed to convict him because of an ongoing divorce case with the children's mother.
Turkey's COVID-19 Science Committee urged citizens to continue to follow preventative measures as the number of daily COVID-19 diagnoses has been on the rise since the start of the "normalization" process. The northern province of Gümüşhane has the highest fatality rate in Turkey with 12.4 percent, while the southeastern border town of Kilis has the lowest with 0.33 percent.
A genomics expert warned that Turkey faces a ticking bomb as it gradually relaxes its COVID-19 precautions. The expert noted that if the curfew on seniors isn't lifted carefully, a second wave of infections could emerge. “If these groups go outside, there won’t be a wave, there will be a tsunami," he told.
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.
Özlem Akarsu Çelik reports: The coronavirus outbreak in Turkey will grow and the country needs to create a system to combat it, said Prof. Murat Akova, a professor of infectious diseases at Hacettepe University. "It’s too late to enforce widespread testing in Turkey. We need to prevent human-to-human contact if we want to break the cycle," Akova told.
Turkey's Health Ministry has declared all private and foundation hospitals in the country as "pandemic hospitals" amid COVID-19 outbreak. With this move, all hospitals in Turkey, including private ones, will have to admit and treat suspected patients of the novel coronavirus.
Following demands from healthcare professionals due to coronavirus threat rising in Turkey, the Ministry of Health has began to prepare regulations that will limit the number of applications for emergency healthcare service and initiate an incentivized appointment-based system. Doctors warn that at the moment family health centers and their practices are not enough to respond to frustrated patients which might fuel violence against healthcare workers.