ANKARA

The secretary-general of the Turkic Council praised Turkey for helping “brotherly countries reach the necessary capabilities for diagnosing and treating” the people suffering from COVID-19.

Baghdad Amreyev said in a statement that as part of joint efforts and cooperation, Turkey has been providing humanitarian aids to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Hungary, member and observer states of the Turkic Council.

Amreyev expressed his gratitude to Turkey for providing aid to the member states of Turkic Council and said that “Turkey is successfully waging its own battle against COVID-19, at the same time extending helping hand not only to the Turkic countries but also to the people who are in dire need all over the world.” 

He said Turkey Monday sent medical supplies to Kazakhstan, which included 30 ventilators, 10 PCR kits, hundreds of thousands of masks, tens of thousands of protective clothes, 10,000 packs of hydroxychloroquine tablets, and other medical equipment.

“Previously, also more than 10 tons of medical equipment and drugs were sent to Kazakhstan by different public and private organizations of Turkey,” he added.

“Turkey granted recently medical supplies to Azerbaijan including 30 ventilators, 150,000 masks, 5,000 glasses, 200,000 gloves, 40,000 various medicines, and other medical equipment,” he elaborated.

“Moreover, Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board members of the Republic of Turkey recently visited Azerbaijan to contribute studies conducted against the pandemic,” he added.

Turkey also sent 20 ventilators, 50 oxygen generators, 150,000 masks, 35,000 protective clothes, and 1,000 packs of hydroxychloroquine tablets and other medical equipment to Kyrgyzstan following a phone conversation between the two countries on July 6, the statement added.

“Turkey also granted medical aid to Uzbekistan including 50 ventilators, medicines, masks, protective gloves, and other medical equipment in the last couple of months,” he said.

The secretary-general also underlined “his firm belief that the Turkic world will pass through these difficult days by increasing solidarity and cooperation as well as revive its economic and social strength and the Turkic Council will support all efforts to this end.”

Across the world, the virus has claimed more than 573,000 lives in at least 188 countries and regions since emerging in China last December.

Over 13.12 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the US, Brazil, India, and Russia currently being the hardest-hit countries, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

The data shows more than half of all patients worldwide have recovered so far.

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