As efforts to deal with the Corona Virus outbreak are ongoing across the globe, Turkey is set to proceed offering medical aid to as many nations as it might. The assist has been welcomed by these governments’ authorities, who’ve expressed appreciation for the essential help.
The U.S. thanked Turkey for the medical aid it despatched to fight that nation’s Corona Virus outbreak, which has already claimed at the very least 63,000 lives, Turkey’s well being minister mentioned late Thursday.
“We spoke on the cellphone right now with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. He thanked us for the assistance of medical provides despatched to the U.S. on the directions of our President (Recep Tayyip Erdoğan),” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca mentioned on Twitter.
Koca mentioned he defined intimately to his U.S. colleague the remedy strategies Turkey had developed as a part of measures taken to gradual the pandemic within the nation.
A second Turkish army aircraft took off from an air base close to Ankara on Thursday carrying extra medical aid to the U.S. which has been hit onerous by the pandemic.
The cargo aircraft is carrying the second batch of non-public protecting tools, together with masks, hazmat fits and disinfectants, the Defense Ministry mentioned.
Turkey additionally dispatched a planeload of medical provides on Tuesday that included 500,000 surgical masks, 4,000 overalls, 2,000 liters (528 gallons) of disinfectant, 1,500 goggles, 400 N-95 masks, and 500 face shields.
The gadgets dispatched Thursday have been despatched in containers that includes the phrases of 13th century Islamic scholar Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, from Konya in present-day Turkey, in Turkish and English: “After hopelessness, there’s a lot hope and after darkness, there’s the a lot brighter solar.”
Turkey’s deputy overseas minister, Selim Yavuz Kıran, and the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, have been on the army air base to see the aircraft off.
“We stand absolutely with our strategic associate,” Kıran later tweeted.
Receiving aid requests from greater than 100 nations, Ankara has supplied help to all corners of the globe, from Somalia to Italy.
Turkey, as a rustic that has made a reputation for itself within the final decade with its humanitarian efforts, has already change into a outstanding determine of this contemporary statecraft by sending medical aid packages to many corners of the globe each different day.
So far, Turkey has despatched medical aid to at the very least 57 nations, together with these badly hit by the virus such because the U.K., Spain, and Italy.
The first aid kits have been delivered to China on Jan. 31, with protecting overalls, 93,500 medical masks, 500 medical protecting glasses and 10,000 unsterilized items of apparatus.
Turkey’s aid packages largely embody medical masks, protecting overalls and gloves, in addition to disinfectants. All tools was produced at military-owned factories and at stitching workshops that produce army uniforms and different clothes for the military.
Since first showing in Wuhan, China final December, the Corona Virus has unfold to at the very least 187 nations and areas, with the U.S. and Europe the hardest-hit areas.
More than 3.26 million circumstances have been reported worldwide, with the loss of life toll surpassing 233,000 and greater than 1 million recoveries, in accordance to information compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
Palestine turned yet one more nation to categorical gratitude toward Turkey for its aid, stating that it fulfilled the utmost want.
Medical aid from Turkey got here at a time when the federal government wanted it essentially the most, Palestinian Authority’s deputy overseas minister mentioned Thursday.
“This assist meets the wants of Palestine in a essential interval when the Palestinian finances is insufficient and the financial system is negatively affected by the Corona Virus outbreak,” Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmad ed-Dijk informed Anadolu Agency (AA).
Turkey at all times workouts its affect for the Palestinian trigger, he mentioned, and he conveyed his gratitude on behalf of Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority’s chief, Mahmoud Abbas.
A medical cargo aircraft despatched to Palestine is predicted to land Thursday at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
Palestine recorded 507 COVID-19 circumstances, together with within the occupied territories, with two deaths, in accordance to officers.
Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti additionally thanked Turkey for delivering medical provides to his nation, the prime minister’s workplace mentioned Thursday.
In a press release, the workplace mentioned Kurti acquired Turkish Ambassador to Kosovo Çağrı Sakar, they usually mentioned the newest developments within the struggle in opposition to COVID-19.
During the assembly, Kurti thanked Turkey for supporting Kosovo in its struggle in opposition to the outbreak.
Aid deliveries to many spots proceed
A Turkish army aircraft carrying medical provides to assist South Africa fight the unfold of the Corona Virus landed at Cape Town International Airport Thursday afternoon.
“This is a gesture of the Turkish authorities to South Africa. The consignment has been ready upon the instruction of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Turkish Ambassador Elif Çomoğlu Ülgen informed AA.
She mentioned the consignment was comprised of medical tools and private safety gear together with surgical masks, medical-grade N95 masks and protecting fits.
Other gadgets included face shields, medical security goggles, hand sanitizers and a disinfection tunnel made particularly for the nation.
Ülgen famous that in a private letter to his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa, Erdoğan saluted South Africa’s “efficient measures” to curb and cope with the pandemic.
She mentioned Erdoğan additionally expressed his solidarity with South Africa and supplied condolences to the households of those that had died from the virus.
South Africa is among the most affected nations in Africa by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 5,350 confirmed circumstances and 103 deaths confirmed up to now.
In his letter, Erdoğan expressed concern about predictions indicating that the pandemic might have a extra profound impression in Africa.
“In the face of this case, Turkey will at all times stand by Africa within the decided struggle in opposition to the pandemic by way of expertise sharing and medical provides,” he mentioned.
Erdoğan added that the efficient measures South Africa has taken because the starting of the pandemic would contribute to overcoming the disaster with the least doable loss.
“I want each success firstly to the (South African) well being care personnel and to all those that are exerting great efforts to recover from this difficult interval, and I hope the medical provides we dispatch right now will help your efforts in your struggle in opposition to the pandemic,” he mentioned.
Ülgen additionally praised South Africa for doing its finest to fight COVID-19, saying it carried out a few of the quickest and simplest measures on the earth to fight the virus.
In a spirit of solidarity and cooperation, Turkey has change into the third-largest provider of medical aid on the earth and was already the world’s largest supplier of humanitarian aid, she mentioned.
Turkey can be facilitating the provision of medical aid to northwestern Syria to deal with a possible outbreak of the Corona Virus, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock informed the Security Council on Wednesday.
Lowcock mentioned the necessity to put together for the potential arrival of the Corona Virus pandemic within the area makes efforts to scale up all of the extra pressing, including gadgets resembling hygiene kits and tents for isolation items are being prioritized for cross-border transshipment.
“Turkey is facilitating this scale-up, however its personal battle with the virus,” he mentioned.
“Humanitarian organizations have put in place strict measures to adjust to Turkish rules and to reduce dangers of transmission of the virus at transshipment hubs or in different methods,” he added.
In his briefing to the world physique, he mentioned cross-border aid to relieve the humanitarian scenario within the northwest is working at “report ranges.”
In March, 1,486 vans crossed the border from Turkey underneath the U.N. program. In April, greater than 1,100 vans have been dispatched, mentioned Lowcock.
Turkey has a protracted custom of sending humanitarian aid to nations dealing with difficulties, even for these it has tense diplomatic relations with. For occasion, again in 1938, solely a decade after the nation’s basis following a bloody struggle, Turkey despatched medication to China amid the outbreak of cholera in East Asia. Similarly, in 1941, Turkey despatched medication to the Greek military following requests from Greece, a rustic that fought in opposition to Turkey through the Turkish War of Independence. Similar aid has been supplied to many different nations through the years, together with Etiopia, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.