Turkey to export coronavirus detection kits giving quicker outcomes


As nations scramble to include the menace from the coronavirus outbreak, Turkey introduced Friday {that a} new regionally made detection equipment that gives quicker outcomes can be exported.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, chatting with reporters within the capital Ankara on Friday, stated the equipment was developed primarily based on information offered by the World Health Organization (WHO) and that Kyrgyzstan had already positioned an order for 10,000. Uzbekistan has additionally positioned orders, the minister stated, with “four other countries wanting the kit.”

The equipment detects the virus quicker than its counterparts, Koca stated. “We used other kits that give results within a period that can extend from four hours to 24 hours. This kit gives results between 90 minutes and 120 minutes. We are currently working on further decreasing this period,” he stated. The minister famous {that a} regionally made equipment was vital for the consolation of the affected person and quicker remedy. “It helps not to keep patients waiting too long and initiate proper treatment as soon as possible,” he famous.

The equipment was launched in Turkey final week and has an accuracy charge of 99.6%, in keeping with the minister.

Quarantine ends for evacuees

A 14-day quarantine for 42 individuals who have been evacuated by Turkey from Wuhan, the coronavirus’ epicenter in China, additionally ended Friday. Evacuees – together with six Azerbaijani, three Georgian and one Albanian nationwide – left the Zekai Tahir Burak Hospital in Ankara. The disused hospital was allotted for evacuees who have been airlifted from China earlier this month. Koca famous that Turkey was the one nation to hold out such a complete operation and a correct quarantine. “We devoted a hospital solely for the quarantine, used a special plane converted into an air ambulance for the evacuation and dispatched health care personnel to ensure the health of evacuees,” Koca famous. He stated the hospital would stay empty after the top of the quarantine and can be completely used for doable future instances requiring quarantine.

On different measures in opposition to the coronavirus, Koca stated Turkey was properly ready to deal with any outbreak, reminding reporters that thermal screening at airports had been carried out lengthy earlier than the WHO suggested nations to introduce measures. He stated they’d additionally distributed leaflets to lift consciousness of the outbreak and deployed well being care personnel at ports.

He famous hospitals have been additionally geared up with quarantine rooms and Turkey has the capability of establishing a 50-bed subject hospital in sooner or later.

‘Wonderful days’

Burcu Öner, Serkan Atamer and Meltem Soylu, three Turkish nationals who have been underneath quarantine, spoke to reporters after they left the hospital and recounted their time minimize off from the surface world. Öner, a 34-year-old English trainer who arrived from Wuhan, stated she was joyful to depart the hospital however unhappy to depart pals. “We had wonderful days here. We didn’t expect to be cared for so well. Officials made little surprises for us like a birthday celebration for one of the evacuees. I thank our state and Health Ministry,” she stated. Another shock for Öner was to remain within the room the place her mom stayed earlier than giving delivery to her. “I phoned my mother while in quarantine and asked her which room she was in. She said it was Room No. 307, the room I stayed,” she stated.

Serkan Atamer, who lived in a city near Wuhan, stated the Turkish state had supported them all through the method. “Our consulate in Beijing helped us. I wasn’t able to leave my home for a long time because of the outbreak. The consulate sent a car to bring me from home and take me to the airport,” he stated. Atamer hailed the quarantine course of and stated he significantly favored the hospital meals. He stated he’d return to his hometown Erzincan. Asked if he’ll return to China, he stated, “I know my family will read this, but I think I’ll be going back once the danger is over.” Atamer recalled his days in China “in isolation.” “People would rarely go out though we were relatively far from Wuhan. We had limited food and tried to survive,” he stated.

Meltem Soylu, a PhD pupil in Wuhan, stated the digital quarantine in Wuhan was “unexpected” for her. “I knew there was an outbreak but did not expect it would be as big as it is. Suddenly, authorities decided to impose quarantine and we couldn’t find any means of transportation to leave. We were stranded. The Turkish embassy sent cars and brought us to the airport. I am grateful,” she stated. Soylu additionally plans to return China as soon as the outbreak is over.

Turkish help to China

Along with countering the outbreak, Turkey has additionally prolonged a serving to hand to China within the combat in opposition to the virus.

The Turkish Assembly of Exporters (TİM) has donated about 200,000 items of apparatus, from face masks to protecting gloves, to China. TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle stated China confronted a troublesome job to get the outbreak underneath management. “We wanted to show them the charitable nature of the Turkish people in the fight against the coronavirus. It is important to prevent this from being a global threat, and fast, efficient steps are needed to contain it,” he stated.

The coronavirus outbreak in China has led to a growth in demand for face masks. Turkish masks producers say they’ve acquired a sudden demand for nearly 200 million masks, an enormous quantity in comparison with Turkey’s yearly manufacturing of round 150 million. Demand has elevated over the previous 10 days because the dying toll from the virus climbed. China itself is among the world’s largest masks producers, however the outbreak has put stress on native producers and compelled the nation to show to exports.

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) has additionally despatched medical gear to China, aboard the navy cargo airplane used to evacuate Turks from Wuhan, together with 1,000 biohazard fits, 93,500 face masks with protecting filters and 1,000 single-use protecting garments.