TURKEY'S HEALTH SERVICES SUPPORT FOR ISLAND TURKS IN THE PERIOD OF DISORDER AND CHAOS IN CYPRUS


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İnce F. , Keskinbora H. K.

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WAR STUDIES , Ankara, Turkey, 29 - 30 October 2021, pp.130-131

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.130-131

Abstract

ABSTRACT The period from the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960 to Turkey's Peace Operation in 1974 did not bring the expected peace for the Island Turks. The process, which started with the events called Bloody Christmas on December 21, 1963, became more difficult for the Turkish Cypriots day by day. In this period, one of the most important needs of the Island Turks was undoubtedly health services. Shortly after the Bloody Christmas, Turkey sent relief items, including medical supplies, to Cyprus by plane. A 100-bed Red Crescent Hospital is established and a team of 5 physicians, 10 nurses and 4 technicians is assigned here. The materials needed by the hospital were provided in 15 parties. These aids have continued to increase over the years in line with the needs. Wounded and patient Turks, who could not be treated in Cyprus, were transported to Turkey by sea and air. Those who could not be treated in Turkey were sent to United Kingdom. In 1968, in addition to internal and external examination and treatment services at the Red Crescent First Aid Hospital, Turkish Cypriots were served in radiology and biochemistry laboratories. 306 patients were hospitalized and treated. After the typhoon disaster that occurred in Paphos in 1969, Turkey stood by the Turkish Cypriots. In the same year, it was decided not to perform surgery or surgical intervention in the absence of the necessary anesthesia personnel in the operating rooms. In 1970, there was a significant increase in the number of patients brought to Turkey. In 1971, the 32nd Group Red Crescent Health Committee started to work on the island. Another important issue that was dealt with in 1972 was tuberculosis disease among Turks. The 39th medical team started their duty on 29 June 1972. Apart from hospital services, another service of Turkey was to open a Blood Center on the Island. In 1973, courses were organized for volunteers called “Blue Angels”. During this period of about 10 years, outpatient services were provided to 40,655 patients in Kızılay's hospital. The number of hospitalized patients was 4,916. The number of operated patients is 2,674. As a result of all these efforts and workings, it would not be wrong to say that a well-functioning hospital and blood center system was established in 1974.