Presidency of the Republic of Turkey

07/04/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/04/2020 09:10

“We are determined to make Turkey a healthcare hub of three continents”

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Kartal Dr. Lütfi Kırdar City Hospital, President Erdoğan said: 'Our exemplary fight against COVID-19 has opened a new window of opportunity for Turkey in health tourism. We are determined to make Turkey a healthcare hub of three continents.'

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of Kartal Dr. Lütfi Kırdar City Hospital in Istanbul.

'The COVID-19 pandemic, which cost nearly 550 thousand lives across the world, has shown once again the importance of health and healthcare infrastructure,' President Erdoğan said.

'Many countries, including the most developed ones, have been caught unprepared by the outbreak,' President Erdoğan said. 'Thanks to the measures we took and the methods we developed, we're among the countries that survived the epidemic with the least loss of life.'

'Thanks to our inclusive and comprehensive social security system, our citizens have not faced hospital bills of hundreds of thousands of dollars as is the case in some countries. We have provided free of charge our citizens with all that is necessary to fight the disease from tests to diagnosis, from treatment to medicine. We have provided first-class medical service to all 83 million citizens of ours, regardless of their financial means, during this difficult period,' President Erdoğan said.

'TURKISH-MADE MEDICAL PRODUCTS ARE INCREASINGLY ATTRACTING ATTENTION'

'Also, we have sent medical equipment and supplies to 138 countries regardless of their religion, language, race or region. We also produced respirators, developed by Turkish engineers and manufactured by Turkish companies. We are now exporting these devices. In addition to our own hospitals, Turkish-made respirators are being used in many continents from Brazil to Somalia. Turkish-made medical products are increasingly attracting attention. Our exemplary fight against COVID-19 has opened a new window of opportunity for Turkey in health tourism. We are determined to make Turkey a healthcare hub of three continents,' President Erdoğan said.