Health Minister Dr. Fahrettin Koca addressed the participants at the opening ceremony of the XNUMXth Turkic Council Health Science Board Meeting.
In his speech, Minister of Health Koca stated that the main theme of this year's congress was the Health Cooperation and Turkic Council Health Science Board Meetings.
Minister Koca stated that at the Turkic Council Leaders Summit, which was convened with the Kovid-2020 special agenda item in April 19 and attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a consensus was reached on the organization of a Health Ministers Meeting within the Council.
Providing information about the meeting held on April 28, 2020, Koca stated that some decisions were taken to increase the existing cooperation in the field of health, especially in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
"Our country hosted the vaccination workshop"
Referring to the Turkic Council Health Coordination Committee Meeting held on 8 June 2020 with the participation of the member countries' Deputy Ministers, Minister Koca said:
“It was decided to establish a Health Science Board and to meet regularly every month to increase cooperation in the field of health, especially in the fight against pandemics, and to share knowledge and experience.
In addition, the Turkic Council Supply Chain Meeting was held on August 6, 2020, and information was exchanged to meet the needs of the member countries such as medicines, medical devices, supplies, respirators in cooperation.
Another important issue is the Turkic Council Vaccine Workshop. Organizing a vaccine workshop within the framework of the decisions taken at the Scientific Committee meetings was brought to the agenda and our country hosted this meeting.
Between 24-28 August 2020, this workshop was held on the historical Quarantine Island in Urla, Izmir, with the participation of scientists from the member countries of the Turkish Council, with the theme of 'From Laboratory to Vaccine', and information and experience were shared about the work carried out in the council member countries.
"The epidemic has affected not only our health, but many areas of life"
Minister Koca, stating that they spent the year 2020, which will be remembered as an unforgettable year in terms of human history, struggling with the coronavirus epidemic, said, “The epidemic has affected not only our health, but many areas of life. In the early days of the epidemic, we have implemented a series of measures regarding our air, land and sea borders with countries where cases are common in order to delay their arrival to our country, and on the other hand, we have reviewed our preparations in accordance with our current Pandemic Action Plan, ”he said.
Pointing out that they included all healthcare facilities belonging to universities and the private sector to the pandemic struggle to be used in this process, Koca said, “We have renewed the training and work planning of our healthcare professionals. We reviewed our capacity regarding the procurement process of pharmaceuticals and protective materials. We increased our production capacity. "We did not provide our health facilities and citizens with the lack of vital materials such as protective equipment, medicine, respirator".
From time to time, as well as all over the world with her husband, indicating that an increase in the number of cases seen in Turkey, "but this increase did not come out we have no control of the pandemic period," he said.
"More than 13 thousand of our filming team is actively working"
Koca said that during the pandemic period, digital systems were also used and the transactions of the public were facilitated with the mobile application named Hayat Eve Sığar.
Stating that contact tracing is widespread, Koca said, “As of today, more than 13 thousand of our filming team is actively working in the field. These teams consist of at least 3 people and we have allocated vehicles to all of them.
Her husband, voicing Turkey's pandemic process, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in robust health infrastructure and successfully coped with dedicated selfless health workers to the profession, "As you know, masks, overalls, we use alongside the major protective equipment such as gloves, some medications and vital importance, We also produced respirators. As we used in our country, we have exhibited the best examples of solidarity by contributing to more than 150 countries, especially friendly and brotherly countries ”.
"We submitted our proposal to make 2021 the Year of Healthcare Professionals"
Wishing God's mercy to those who lost their lives due to the epidemic, especially healthcare workers, and condolences to their relatives and the health community, Koca said, `` In order to crown our healthcare professionals' altruistic work a little bit, we made our proposal for 2021 to be the 'Year of Healthcare Professionals' worldwide through diplomatic channels. "We also passed it to" he said.
Minister Koca thanked the attendants and said goodbye in Turkish, Uzbek, Hungarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz and English.
The meeting was attended by Hungarian State Minister Zoltan Lorinezi, Kazakhstan Health Minister Tsoy Alexey Vladimirovich, Uzbekistan Health Minister Alisher Shadmanov, Turkic Council Health Science Board Chairman and Deputy Minister of Health Prof. Dr. Emine Alp Meşe, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe Dr. Hans Kluge, Secretary General of the Turkic Council Baghdad Amrayev, Deputy Minister of Health of Azerbaijan Elsever Ağayev, Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic Alymkadyr Sabirdinovich, and nearly 60 scientists including the members of the Ministry of Health Coronavirus Scientific Committee, Social Science Committee, Vaccine Scientific Committee and TÜBİTAK Vaccine Project. joined.