Turkish ambulances have been ordered to stop delivering emergency care to patients suffering from severe cases of pneumonia in Turkey, where the country’s health minister has said the country is facing a pandemic.
The Ministry of Health said that the order was issued on Monday to all companies involved in the delivery of emergency medical care, as well as those in charge of hospitals and ambulance services.
“The ministry is asking all those involved in emergency medical treatment to stop this, which will prevent the use of ambulances for urgent medical treatment,” Mehmet Hakan Atıkci, the minister for health, told a news conference on Tuesday.
Turkey is facing its third major pandemic since 2003, with a new strain of pneumonia and a spike in coronavirus infections linked to the virus.
The outbreak of pneumonia has seen nearly half of all patients in Turkey being treated in emergency rooms, and the death toll is on the rise.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that it is a “political and moral crime” to allow the pandemic to spread in the country.