Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Emine Alp Meşe attended the G20 Health Ministers Meeting held under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabista via video conference.
The meeting, Deputy Minister who attended on behalf of Turkey oak, new types primarily coronavirus (Kovid-19), including the G20 meeting of one of the health priority areas identified for this year, "Value-based health services", "digital health", "patient safety" and "Pandemic preparedness "the assessment found issues and Turkey's knowledge, experiences and best practices was passed.
In the G20 Country Good Practice Document, it is decided that member countries will share their national good practices in the fight against Kovid-19.
The contributions of countries to the document titled “Combating Coronavirus Kovid-19 Pandemic: National Good Practices”; A draft was created by compiling it under three separate headings: pandemic planning, supportive strategies, research and development.
Turkey's Kovid-19 Play with the Scope of Work Challenge
Health System Capacity Planning in the context of Turkey, much before the appearance of the first cases in the country, made arrangements for the upcoming health system Kovid-19 threat.
Hospitals with a certain number of infection control specialists, sufficient staff and physical infrastructure were designated as 'pandemic hospitals', including private hospitals.
Despite a fairly good intensive care unit has the capability and foresight already made in Turkey, this capacity has been increased so that it can respond to even the worst-case scenario. In order to increase this capacity of the health system, studies have been initiated in cooperation with the private sector to produce more ventilators.
In line with the universal health coverage and the principle of “leaving anyone behind”, all services, including testing and treatment, were offered free of charge to all healthcare institutions, including public, private and university hospitals.
In January, Turkey has developed training modules for health care workers to prepare for an outbreak of health care system. The interest until the date of the first cases in Turkey were completed training of all health professionals.
Turkey, the organization offers a comprehensive package of measures of health care in order to prevent the overloaded capacity to put them into practice.
In this context, all schools were closed immediately after the first incident in the country. Distance education modules were created to minimize the disruption in education. Curfew was imposed for citizens under the age of 20 and over the age of 65. All needs of those subject to this ban were met by the government and local governments.
Entry and exit to provinces with high number of cases were restricted. All entertainment areas and shopping malls were closed and all collective events were canceled. Public employees were provided with the opportunity to work flexibly. In order to prevent the risks faced by people who have to leave their homes, the use of masks was made compulsory in all public areas.
The Ministry of Health actively used social media and other platforms to inform the public and share accurate information. Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca gave information daily and shared the recommendations based on the latest evidence.
“Comprehensive Tracking Strategy Developed”
In the scope of "Comprehensive Contact Tracking and Inventory Planning" under Supporting Strategies, a comprehensive follow-up strategy was developed. Contact tracking for all cases was carried out by the Ministry of Health, and 97,5 percent of the contacts were successfully achieved in terms of detection, testing and regular follow-up.
Some of Turkey's least two health professionals consisting of 6 thousand visiting team followed 59 contacts contacts they have been isolated in accommodation collected test samples. Information technologies were used in the contact tracking strategy. Accordingly, he received a text message alert if all confirmed contacts, suspicious cases, and their contact left their place of residence.
In addition, software has been developed for smartphones that shares instantaneous risk depending on the location of the cases and the contacts being followed and warns healthy citizens against the risk of infection by location.
for the effective management of the process, Turkey has created Kurul''N of Sciences in the early stages of the epidemic in January. Increased contact to comprehensive testing strategy for monitoring Turkey's successful overall strategy was shaped by the decisions of the Board.
In addition to the Scientific Board, the Multisectoral High Level Board also evaluated all aspects of the situation with a special emphasis on the social and economic effects of the disease and measures.
Test capacity has been greatly increased. Currently, the average number of tests performed daily is over 40 thousand. Turkey, the non-contact with the contacts of suspected cases allowing the test was followed by a comprehensive test strategy.
“Rules are set for the Trade of Critical Medical Materials”
The government also implemented a stock planning strategy at a very early stage of the global epidemic. The government has established rules for the trade of critical medical supplies, taking into account the prioritization of the needs of healthcare institutions and healthcare professionals.
Turkey, in cooperation with the private sector, some sectors that are not vital, masks, gowns, goggles and face directed to produce medical materials such as critical in the visor. Turkey's inventory planning strategy did not only meet the domestic needs, but also to other countries in need has made it possible to provision of basic medical supplies.
Within the Support of Research and Development, the Ministry of Health successfully isolated the virus in its laboratories and with the efforts of its own staff. This paved the way for more research for vaccine studies in research institutions, including universities and laboratories. The ministry also created a database for innovative projects on Kovid-19 research.
At the end of the meeting, the “G20 Country Good Practice Document” that emphasizes international solidarity was accepted.