Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

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Türk-Yemen Medikal Turizm Konferansı Konuşması, 13.11.2012

Remarks by Ambassador Fazlı Çorman
at the Turkish-Yemeni Medical Tourism Conference
(13 November 2012, Al Bustan Hotel)

Dr. Hüseyin Çağıl, Deputy President of the Turkish Association of Health Tourism,
Mr. Enginer Birdal, Counselor of the Minister of Health of Turkey,
Dear Professors and Doctors,
Ladies and gentlemen,

First, let me briefly welcome Turkish doctors and hospital executives in our own language: (Bu gece Yemen’e gelerek, bu önemli Konferansa katılan siz değerli doktor ve hastane yöneticilerimize kalpten hoşgeldiniz diyor, Yemen’e gösterdiğiniz ilgi için teşekkür ederek hepinize başarılı bir konferans diliyorum.)

I think my luck in Yemen is associated with medical conferences. The more I attended conferences in this field, the more I feel excited and motivated, because I see a great potential here.

“First Medical Tourism Conference” which was successful and well attended was one of my first activities since I arrived at Sana’a. It was followed by exceptional cooperation in health sector with many authorities. We held the First Turkish-Yemeni Surgical Congress and now we are holding again a Medical Tourism Conference, but this time in a more detailed agenda.

We will continue our efforts in this regard. Next month Sana’a will host the Second Turkish-Yemeni Health Week and a Cardiovascular Congress.

It is obvious that we attach a special importance and give priority to the health field which is candidate to be the most prominent field in our bilateral relations, thanks to H.E. Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmed Qassim Al-Ansi’s direct support and interest as well as all of you.

I would like to elaborate on the cooperation between Turkey and Yemen in health field, which has been gradually increasing during the past years. “The Agreement Concerning the Cooperation in the Area of Health between Turkey and Yemen” signed in 2008 is in force. In the framework of this Agreement, every year 25 Yemeni patients who cannot be cured in Yemen have the possibility to be treated in Turkey. We are going to increase this number in the very near future. Besides this agreement, more than 100 patients have already been sent to Turkey this year, as a humanitarian response to the events of 2011.

Furthermore, we continue to arrange one month training programs for Yemeni doctors and nurses in Turkish government hospitals.

We are also working on building three dialysis centers in Sana’a, Hadramuth, Taiz and in Hudayda. Two ambulances were sent from Turkey in order to meet the urgent need of Yemen in this field.

These are the developments on the official relations field. On the other hand, there are the efforts of NGO’s and private sector that is usually unrecorded. Many NGOs like Doctors Worldwide are coming to Yemen, making their operations quietly, just for humanitarian reasons. I want to take this opportunity to thank them all for their sincere efforts.

We don’t see these developments enough. We want to see this cooperation to spread out more on the ground. We aim to see more Yemeni patients in the Turkish hospitals, more Turkish doctors in Yemen and vice versa.

As a final word on the health field, I would like to express my heartfelt wish that health situation in Yemen should be improved to the level that meets Yemeni’s needs. Turkey is looking forward to walk with Yemen step by step to accomplish what Yemen and Yemeni people deserve.

Distinguished Guests,

As I conclude my remarks, I would like to thank to all those who have tirelessly worked to organize this event, in particular to our dear brother Dr. Ekrem El Cüneyt and Dr. Hüseyin Çağıl. I would like to welcome you all once again and wish the conference will be very fruitful to achieve its targets.

Thank you.