WHO praises Turkey's efforts to curb COVID-19

WHO praises Turkey's efforts to curb COVID-19

ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
WHO praises Turkeys efforts to curb COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) praised Turkey's efforts on Oct. 3 to curb the novel coronavirus, stressing it tripled daily number of tests since August.

"The WHO Regional Office for Europe finds it commendable that Turkey has enhanced its daily testing capacity since August 2020, triplicating it compared to April this year by including testing of asymptomatic individuals in line with its pandemic prevention and control strategy," WHO Turkey said in a statement.

"This has enabled the health system to reach more people, including those showing no symptoms. At-risk individuals, suspected and probable cases and close contacts of a confirmed person have been prioritized for testing," it added.

The statement stressed that testing is a critical public health measure to understand where COVID-19 is and take action to contain it, particularly tracing contacts and isolating positive cases.

"Turkey has been isolating all COVID-19 positive cases, regardless of their symptoms; this is recommended to break the chain of transmission," it said. 

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca thanked the WHO for praising its efforts and strategy.

“Today, the WHO praised Turkey’s strategy to prevent the spread of virus in a press release regarding the Harmonizing data reporting on COVID-19 across the European Region. 

*Turkey is ready to share its experience in this regard. We also thank Hans Kluge, Regional Director for Europe,” Koca said on Twitter.