"Basaksehir Medical City is a great edifice in the history of Turkish medical tourism, and the city that embraces this edifice, Istanbul city, will be a health center the first of its kind in the world." , These statements made by the President of the Turkish Republic during the opening of the medical city of Basaksehir, with the participation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, via video technology.
The President of the Republic of Turkey did ribbon-cutting of Basaksehir Medical City, in the presence of a high-level delegation of ministers, governors, ambassadors, and representatives of the companies that contributed to building this great edifice.
Among the members of the official delegation was Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca, Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar, Minister of Industry Mustafa Varank, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu, Japanese Ambassador to Ankara Akio Miyajima, and the Governor of Istanbul Ali Yerlikaya.
Erdogan added in his speech that because of the technological infrastructure designed in it, and the buildings and facilities it owns the medical city of Basaksehir, will be one of the most important and prominent brands in Medical Tourism in Turkey, and with these specifications will occupy a prominent place among countries, to make Istanbul a global health center destination for patients from everywhere.
Erdogan stressed in his speech that Turkey, in cooperation with Japanese companies, has gone a long way in accomplishing such huge projects, such as Osman Gazi Bridge and Marmaray Tunnel, pointing attention that the medical city of Basaksehir will be called Basaksehir Cam and Sakura Medical City, to express the close cooperation between Turkey and Japan in this project, to add this to a new and continuing episode of Turkish-Japanese friendship.
In his speech, Erdogan mentioned that the medical city, which has a closed area of one million and 21 thousand square meters, was surrounded by a group of pine and cherry trees on an area of approximately 15 acres. Indoor it includes 456 rooms dedicated to intensive care, and 2682 beds, 725 rooms clinics, and 90 rooms dedicated to conducting operations. The city of Basaksehir also includes 3 helipads for helicopters and 8 thousand and 134 car parking lots.
In terms of providing services to patients, President of the Republic stated in the speech that the Basaksehir Hospital will provide its medical services in 107 branches, and it is planned to receive 35 thousand patients and perform 500 surgeries every day.
Erdogan stressed in his speech the necessity of establishing metro lines next to The Medical City in Istanbul, to facilitate the citizens ’access to the hospital, and he gave instructions on this matter to the Minister of Transport to implement this project within a year or a year and a half.
In a related context, Erdogan talked about the latest developments of Corona in Turkey, pointing out that the number of daily infections with this virus has declined below 1000, from the date of Wednesday 20/5/2020. Nevertheless, he cautioned that the preventive measures taken to combat this virus should not be abandoned.
Erdogan stated in his speech that while other countries were suffering from the collapse of their health systems, Turkey and Japan were able to achieve great and impressive success, thanks to the tireless efforts made by the officials of both countries to limit the spread of Coronavirus.
Erdogan stressed that Turkey did not stand idly towards the countries that suffered from Corona crisis but rather continued to provide medical support represented by sending medical supplies to more than 80 countries.
Erdogan expressed his thanks to the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the importance of his participation via video at the opening of this medical city, also offered his heartfelt condolences to the Japanese Prime Minister in the death of Japanese citizens by the epidemic Corona. Also, he thanked the Japanese companies that contributed to the construction of the project, and all the engineers and workers in it.
At the end of his speech, Erdogan congratulated the medical staff working in the hospital on the upcoming Eid Al-Fitr, hoping that they would continue their work and success.
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Source: Anadolu Agency
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