The addition of new city hospitals helps make the Turkish metropolis Istanbul into an international healthcare hub, said Turkey’s president Thursday, cutting the ribbon on the Basaksehir Cam and Sakura City Hospital.

Speaking at the inauguration of the hospital, a project of Turkey’s Ronesans Healthcare and the Japan-based Sojitz Corporation, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that it adds to the deep-rooted and multidimensional Turkish-Japanese friendship.

Touting the brand-new facility, Erdogan called it “one of the proud monuments of Istanbul not only in terms of aesthetics but also with its technological infrastructure, associated buildings, location, facilities, and other features.”

Emphasizing that the hospital will be able to serve in 107 branches, Erdogan said it will have 35,000 ambulatory treatment patients besides 500 featured surgery rooms when it reaches full capacity.

He said the hospital will help Turkey’s struggle with COVID-19 with its 456 intensive care, 2,682 beds, 725 polyclinic rooms, and 90 operation room desks.

“The hospital, which has 3 helicopter landing fields as well as 8,134 car parking spaces, will serve our foreign guests with its proximity to Istanbul Airport,” said Erdogan.

Erdogan also mentioned ongoing pandemic hospital constructions and also other hospitals which are under modification.

Such hospitals put Istanbul on the international map in terms of healthcare, he added.

He said the hospital is one of the symbols of Turkish-Japanese cooperation and solidarity.

Erdogan said the hospital is already among the world’s leading hospitals, with its more than 1 million square meters closed area built on 789,000 square meters of land.

Japanese premier Shinzo Abe also joined the hospital inauguration ceremony via video link.

Abe wished well to the Turkish people and said the new hospital’s name ‘Cam’ symbolized health and the Japanese Sakura cherry blossom.

“I am very happy to meet you after our phone call with Mr. Erdogan the other day. During our phone conversation, I was invited to participate in the inauguration ceremony via videoconference,” Abe said. “I also participated in the opening ceremony of Marmaray seven years ago.”

Abe said he respected Turkey’s efforts against the spread of the coronavirus, under the “strong” leadership of President Erdogan and the government.

“I would like to convey my appreciation and gratitude to everyone that was a part of this initiative. Cam and Sakura City Hospital is one of the biggest hospitals in Turkey, equipped with the latest technology.”

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