By Dr Shahid Qureshi : –
Artuk Bey’s experience and knowledge are behind successful policy of President Erdogan to fight Covid19 or Corona Virus. The successful and effective Turkish response to the Corona Virus (Covid19) pandemic is due to the historical institutional knowledge and experience. International organizations also praised Turkey for its support, stating that it has an “exemplary” attitude during such a difficult time. “I also appreciated the president of Turkey, President Erdoğan, for the contributions he has made, starting from neighboring countries and beyond, as has been said in medical supplies,” the WHO chief said.
Artuk Bey was healer, scientist and herbalist of the Ottoman Turks in early days of Commander Ertugrul Gazi. Turks have experience and historical knowledge of dealing with epidemic both manufactured and natural. For example, in the episode 28 of Turkish series “Payitaht AbdulHamid” students attending Royal dinner of Caliph Abdul Hamid in the Palace were infected with Cholera virus. European agents infected water with Cholera virus in the Royal Palace of Ottoman in Istanbul”. See more link below.
Turks have the knowledge and experience of dealing with biological attacks from crusaders, Templars and European allied forces for centuries from poisoning of water wells to spreading diseases to cattle herds and population with ‘human bombs’ infected with Leprosy. There are many theories about the creation, launching and factors behind Covid19. For example,
“Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian took to Twitter to double down on an unproven claim that the US military brought the new coronavirus to the central city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began.”
Coming back to Turkish response to the Covid19 number of recoveries has gone up in number in past few days,
“Some 842 coronavirus patients have recovered across Turkey in the last 24 hours, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced Tuesday. The figure marks a single-day record for recoveries. Koca said 4,062 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past day as total caseload reached 65,111.
Meanwhile, the death toll hit 1,403, with a record daily increase of 107. More than 443,000 people have been tested for the coronavirus so far, including 33,070 in the past 24 hours.
Speaking on Turkey’s effectiveness in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Koca said the case increase rate started falling in the fourth week since the first infection was reported.
The minister also lauded the success of efforts to track down people who have been in contact with the infected. Roughly 250,000 people across Turkey were found to have been in contact with COVID-19 and are being monitored by special teams, he said. “We have tried to identify and contact people that each of the patients diagnosed positive has been in contact with over the last three days,” Koca said. Some 4,600 teams are working to track down possible cases, including 1,600 in worst-hit Istanbul province.
“General screening is not the right method, nor is it rational in order to get reliable results. We will proceed by making point shots,” Koca said as he again spoke out against widespread testing.
Turkey is the seventh worst-hit country in the world in terms of the number of active COVID-19 cases, with 58,909 patients as of Tuesday. The worldwide number of confirmed coronavirus cases hovered around 2 million Tuesday. Of those 1.98 million cases, more than 120,000 people have died, while over 460,000 have recovered.
Scientists in western Turkey began Tuesday lab tests of an antigen they designed as a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. The research work is being conducted jointly by the Drug Development and Pharmacokinetic Research Application Center (ARGEFAR) at Izmir’s Ege University and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). A total of 32 scientists specializing in different branches came together to conduct the studies.
One of the researchers, Dr. Mert Doskaya, told Anadolu Agency that the design of the antigen, which is the first phase of the vaccine effort, was completed in a week. The Vaccine Research and Development Group of the university will test the antigen and move on to the second phase, Doskaya said.
Citing the World Health Organization (WHO), he added that more than 50 research centers around the world are trying to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus. “In fact, studies in Turkey are at a similar stage with them. “Five of these are in the clinical stage, meaning the first human experimentations have begun, and the rest are preparing for animal tests,” said Doskaya.
He underlined that the Turkish team planned to determine the effectiveness of the DNA vaccine they created and apply them to an animal model within four months, adding that they hoped to begin human clinical trials as soon as possible.
On the Humanitarian front
“So far, we have delivered medical equipment to 34 countries,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday during a news conference following a Cabinet meeting in Istanbul. “We will continue our support (to other countries) in the upcoming days as well,” he said. President Erdoğan’s speech was an evaluation of the past month, during which Turkey has received aid requests from more than 90 countries.
Since the pandemic began, Turkey has provided medical support to Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Serbia, Somalia, Spain, Tunisia, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), the U.K, the U.S., Yemen, and the Rohingya Muslims.
Since the virus emerged last December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, it has spread to at least 184 countries and regions. Worldwide infections have surpassed 1.93 million with a death toll exceeding 120,000, according to U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 460,000 people have recovered.
Turkey praised for its efforts
Europe, as the epicenter of the pandemic, has become the continent that receives the most aid. Last week, two Turkish cargo planes landed in London to provide supplies to the U.K., followed by a set of deliveries to Italy and Spain, two of the worst-hit countries in both the continent and the world. Turkey received much gratitude from both European people and their leaders, as it filled a supply void in their struggle against the pandemic.
British Ambassador to Ankara Sir Dominick Chilcott published a video message on Twitter on Saturday, thanking the country for its support.
“I present my heartfelt thanks to our ally and friend Turkey for its generous present. We will all beat coronavirus with such examples of international cooperation,” the ambassador said. Chilcott also praised Turkey’s leadership in the coronavirus fight around the world, as it is voluntarily sending aid and necessary medical supplies to countries in need.
The British ambassador went on to say the delivery of supplies comes at a difficult time and will save the lives of COVID-19 patients.
The delivery of the aid was covered extensively in the foreign press as well, and Turkey received thanks from British Twitter users.
“They did the same thing for Ireland in 1845 in the days of Great Famine. Well done Turkey,” said a user on the platform, referring to the Ottoman Empire’s aid to Ireland.
Health workers have complained about the lack of medical equipment in the U.K. and criticized their government as 19 health officials have died because of COVID-19.
The masks, N95 masks and protective suits that Turkey sent to the U.K. Friday were accompanied by a quote by Sufi mystic Rumi:
“After hopelessness, there is much hope and after darkness, there is the much brighter sun.”
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Azerbaijan 2020, April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015, 2016, 2019 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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