The new Kilis Prof. Dr. Alaeddin Yavaşca State Hospital, constructed with the European Union funding, under the management of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and the Ministry of Health, is opened today with the participation of Provincial Health Director of Kilis Mr Mahmut Arık, Mrs Ayten Yavaşca (wife of Prof. Dr. Alaeddin Yavaşca), Governor of Kilis Mr Recep Soytürk, Mayor of Kilis Mr Servet Ramazan, Deputy Minister of Health Mr Tolga Tolunay, and the Head of EU Delegation to Türkiye Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut.
The 400-bed capacity hospital will respond to the increasing need for healthcare services in the province with doubled population after the Syrian influx since 2011.
The hospital is an earthquake-resistant structure and is built with the most advanced technology.
The hospital can serve more than 3 thousand people at the same time with its 24 operation units equipped with modern health equipment, advanced technology imaging systems, 24/7 emergency services, service units in 19 areas and structured intensive-care units. The New Building has 317 service and 83 intensive care beds, with a total capacity of 400. The hospital has an MRI device, 10 X-ray rooms, mammography and tomography rooms, 7 ultrasound rooms as well as a biochemistry laboratory and 2-dialysis rooms with a capacity of 12 beds.
In his speech Head of EU Delegation to Türkiye, Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut said: “We witness one more EU funded project that will have a huge impact on the growing community of Kilis. The EU has been supporting the host communities and refugees in Türkiye since 2014 with more than 10 billion EURO. Health has been a top priority with a total of 1 billion EURO in EU assistance. This is because health of a human being, family member, and member of community determines everything else; this applies to both physical and mental health. To this end, we have collaborated with the Ministry of Health for our flagship SIHHAT project to set up 200 Health Centres, Extended Health Centres, and Community Mental Health Centres.”
Under the refugee programmes in Türkiye, the EU is providing a funding of more than EUR 10 billion. Health, with a total of 1 billion EURO, has been a top priority in this EU assistance.
Infrastructure projects for the construction of 2 public hospitals, namely this “Health Infrastructure in Kilis” Project with CEB (50million EUR) and “State Hospital in Hatay” Project in Dörtyol-Hatay with AFD (40million EUR and 250-bed capacity) are part of the early projects implemented.
EU funded Direct Grant to the Ministry of Health namely SIHHAT project, worth €720 million in total, is a flag-ship programme initiative under the refugee support aiming to strengthen the provision of primary and secondary healthcare services to all migrants and especially Syrians under temporary protection in Türkiye, ultimately improving their health status. While SIHHAT-III project with EUR 210 million funding is currently being developed, under the SIHHAT-I and SIHHAT-II grants amounting to EUR 510 million, the EU is financing the establishment, furnishing and operating costs of 190 migrant health centres and 10 Community Mental Health Centers that will employ over 4000 healthcare personnel, including Syrian doctors and nurses. 430 fully equipped ambulances and 112 mobile healthcare vehicles have been purchased.
In Kilis, under the scope of the SIHHAT-II action, which started on 15.12.2020, there are currently 4 Migrant Health Centres (MHCs); 3 Extended MHCs and 1 MHC. A total of 122 personnel work in these primary health care centres (27 doctors, 1 dentist, 44 nurses/midwives, 2 psychologists, 3 social workers, 5 technicians, 21 Bilingual Patient Guides-BPGs, 19 auxiliary staff) and 32 BPGs are employed in secondary health care facilities (31 BPGs and 1 translator) throughout the province. 12 ambulances and 2 mobile vehicles financed by the EU are operational in the province.
In addition to the hospital projects and SIHHAT project, there is another infrastructure project (under the second tranche of the Facility) called “Strengthening Healthcare Infrastructure for All (SHIFA)” with CEB (90 million EUR investment). This project will include construction of up to 65 new extended/migrant health centers, renovation of around 44 health centers and 4 hospitals, renovation and equipping of 110 physiotherapy and rehabilitation units (PTR) in existing hospitals, provision of medical equipment and medical kits, and capacity building of the Ministry of Health.
In addition to the abovementioned significant refugee support, EU’s commitment to support public health for the local communities under the Instrument for Pre-Accession stands firm too. Those funds have totaled more than EUR 55 million since 2004. That includes the EU support for the Government in protecting citizens against health threats, mainly measures in the field of disease prevention in conformity with EU standards. Moreover, the alignment of the Turkish Health System with the EU requirements continues in public health areas dealing with blood, organs and tissues.
The EU support continues with allocations for the health sector in Türkiye under the 2022 and 2023 IPA programmes. This support will help fight cancer and mitigate the impact of climate change on health.
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Miray Akdağ. EU Delegation to Türkiye, Press Officer