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City water in a district of western Kütahya was revealed to contain levels of arsenic 350 times higher than the acceptable standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The water also reportedly contains 8,000 times the acceptable level of boron, and deaths from cancer in the Emet district are three times as high as the other districts of Kütahya.
Turkey began the final Phase III trials of an experimental Chinese coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on Sept. 16. The results of the trial will be sent the World Health Organization (WHO). The vaccine candidate being trialled in Turkey was developed by Sinovac.
Deaths that result from air pollution are six times more common than deaths in traffic accidents in Turkey, data from the Clear Air Rights Platform revealed. 31,476 people died last year as a result of conditions and illnesses brought on by exposure to air pollution.
The World Health Organization and Turkey on July 9 signed an agreement to open a WHO office in Istanbul. The WHO already has a country office in the capital Ankara. Speaking in the capital Ankara, Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the WHO's new office will guide efforts to meet current needs in the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it sent millions of masks, gloves, goggles and other items worth $1.7 million to protect healthcare professionals and other frontline workers in Turkey from COVID-19. "WHO has also assisted the Ministry of Health to track the spread of COVID-19 in Istanbul, one of the cities hit hardest by the pandemic," it said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on May 28 that Turkey is still leading in terms of new coronavirus infections in Europe, along with Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy and Belarus.
The World Health Organization has temporarily suspended its trial of hydroxycholoroquine, the drug championed by Turkey to combat the deadly coronavirus, over safety concerns. Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca had announced in April that Turkey stocked about 1 million boxes of this malaria drug to be distributed across health institutions.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has warned against resuming medical tourism, saying that the move would result in a health disaster amid the ongoing pandemic. "We still don't know the consequences of reopening shopping malls and think that bringing patients from abroad on such an early date like May 20 into the hospitals here will be harmful to the health of society,” TTB chairman Sinan Adıyaman told Duvar.
The latest official figures from Turkey's Ministry of Health indicate that as of May 3, the number of cases of the novel coronavirus has reached 126,045.However, according to the Turkish Medial Association (TTB) the number actually exceeds 600,000.
A World Health Organization (WHO) representative said that they were "cautiously optimistic" about the COVID-19 outbreak in Turkey as the number of new daily cases stabilize. Although the country still observes an increase in the number of patients daily, early precautions have allowed numbers to stabilize.
The Turkish Medical Association has reiterated its call to the Health Ministry on using the appropriate World Health Organization (WHO) codes when reporting coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths, saying that the numbers revealed daily by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca are based on PCR tests and exclude people whose tests are negative, but who are suspected to have been infected with the virus based on clinical and epidemiological findings.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has penned a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations with Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet's words, calling for the UN to declare March 11, which is the date that the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, as the "World Struggle and Solidarity Day Against Pandemic."
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.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on March 11 declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic as the global death toll rose above 4,300 and the number of confirmed cases exceeded 121,000.
The"Big White Meeting" that Turkey's healthcare workers' unions were planning to hold in Ankara to protest widespread violence against healthcare workers in the country was cancelled due to the first official case of coronavirus being detected in Turkey March 10, the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) said March 11.