Turkey has seen an alarming rise in the number of people infected with the coronavirus and an increasing number of deaths.
The country’s Ministry of Health has warned hospitals across the country of increasing COVID costs and the health ministry is asking them to cut staff and equipment.
The increase has been highlighted by a recent poll, which found that a quarter of the public have started to question the safety of the country’s health system, and almost half of those surveyed said they would leave the country in the next few months.
The poll was conducted by the Public Opinion Research Center (POK) on behalf of the Health Ministry, and it found that the average COVID infection rate in Turkey is 2.8 per 100,000, which is around three times higher than the global average of 0.2 per 100 and over one-fifth of the countries population.
The average cost of treatment in Turkey has increased by 70 percent, according to the poll.
The rise in COVID has led to a rise in deaths, and according to a report released by the Health and Welfare Ministry, the number one cause of death in Turkey now is respiratory infections, followed by respiratory illness and pneumonia.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health and Social Affairs told the daily Hurriyet that it is the job of hospitals to respond to the needs of the people in the community, which means reducing staff and cutting costs.
“The Ministry of National Health, the Ministry for Public Health, and the Ministry Health and Public Health Insurance, which oversees hospitals, have all worked hard to reduce COVID and improve quality of life in the country, which in turn helps to combat the coronovirus pandemic,” the spokesperson said.
According to the Public Health Agency of Turkey, the country has a population of 5.7 million people, and there are more than 11,000 hospitals.
The government is trying to address the problem of COVID by expanding and improving public health infrastructure, which includes the provision of basic services and services for people living in remote areas.