Turkish President attends cermony of opnening 5th hospital in Istanbul amid outbreak.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated, Turkey successfully overcome the coronavirus pandemic with its large amount of intensive care unit beds that neared the total number in whole Europe and over a million health personnel.
“Turkey has successfully got through this process with the number of intensive care unit beds, which neared the total capacity of that in whole Europe, and nearly 1,100,000 health personnel,” President Erdogan told the opening ceremony of Marmara University Prof. Dr. Asaf Ataseven Hospital in Istanbul.
He said thanks to the general health insurance system in Turkey — which is so rare in the world in terms of its coverage — the country has reached a position that it can give free-of-charge health service to its citizens.
Erdogan reminded that two emergency hospitals with 1,008 beds each, Basaksehir Cam and Sakura City Hospital with 2,682 beds, and Okmeydani Prof. Dr. Cemil Tascioglu City Hospital with 600 beds were also opened in Istanbul during the outbreak.
The president also warned Turkish nation of increased case and death numbers from the coronavirus, and called on people to continue using masks, keeping social distance and giving importance to hygiene.
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