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The Turkish deputy health minister said on Wednesday that it was necessary to establish adequate health services for all disadvantaged groups, especially migrants.
"Turkey considers migration as a social value, not a threat," Emine Alp Mese stated in Rome where she attended the 68th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Europe.
"It is our main duty that all disadvantaged groups, especially migrants, receive adequate quality, accessible health services. We need to create decent health service standards applicable all over the world," Mese said.
Following her speech during the meeting, Mese said she underlined Turkey's worldwide exemplary health service for Syrian refugees.
"Health services provided for migrants are not a burden but a humanitarian responsibility," she said.
"We will highlight the main issues related to our services which we have been providing for Syrian refugees and accepted as 'a model' by the WHO," she added.
#PolétrEntreprenanteetHumanitaire ... Daha fazlaDaha az
Interest in Turkey’s unique Van cats is growing both at home and abroad, according to experts in the distinctive breed.
With its project “A Van Cat in Every Household,” which started five years ago, the Turkish Van Cat Research Center is raising awareness and interest in the fetching felines.
Located in the eastern Van province, the research center, working under the auspices of Yuzuncu Yil University, was founded in 1995 with the goal of preventing the prized breed from going extinct.
Van cats can be categorized according to the color of their eyes and their fur.
While some feature mismatched eyes, with one blue and the other amber, others have two blue or amber eyes. Also, while some have completely white fur, others have a dash of brown above their ears, head, or on their body.
Interest in the campaign to protect the Van cat species is growing steadily, with the center getting around 500-600 visitors daily.
People who want to raise the city’s most important living cultural heritage in their homes apply to the center, which can only meet 5 percent of the domestic demand for Van cats.
Up to this year a total of 150 cats was distributed to new owners across the country, but in the first nine months of 2018, this number already reached 200.
Abdullah Kaya, head of the Turkish Van Cats Center, said that cats are a unique species worldwide.
Saying that interest in Van cats is on the rise, Kaya said that the cats are loving, trainable, and make excellent housecats.
"Van cats and all their distinctive features are protected. If Van cats have a feature, we’re trying to protect and develop it.”
Referring to Van cats’ famed love of swimming, he added: “We’re trying to develop its features related to water by doing selection and scientific research.”
“Interest is rising both in Turkey and abroad, but sending the cats abroad is banned, and we can only meet 5 percent of the domestic demand,” he said.
Kaya said that the center is planning to do a census of all Van cats in the region to get an accurate head count. ... Daha fazlaDaha az
Turkish-American surgeon and talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz said he was greatly moved by his visits in July to refugee camps in Turkey and Syria, noting it was something he would never forget.
"I had the opportunity to visit Syrian refugee camps along the Syria-Turkey border with the help of [Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority] AFAD and [the Turkish Red Crescent] Türk Kızılay.
"Despite the hardships the people we met have endured, their stories of resilience are inspiring - this is a trip that has forever changed me," Oz said Monday in a post on his Twitter account.
Oz -- who is widely known for his television program The Dr. Oz Show, which has won several Daytime Emmy Awards -- visited refugee camps in Turkey's southeastern Gaziantep province and Syria's northwestern Azaz region in July.
He shared footage on his Twitter account of war-devastated Homs city in western Syria as well as his visits to the camps.
"I had never been to a refugee camp. I had no idea what to expect. The first thing that struck me was the hospitality,” Oz said in video footage captured in a refugee camp in Turkey.
Highlighting the efforts of Turkish authorities, Oz said: "I sat talking with the children as they painted, aware that many suffered PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] and had lost almost everything. I was most surprised by their ability to hide their pain."
He then traveled across the Syrian border into the Azaz region north of Aleppo, where he visited another refugee camp.
"Entering the health clinic, I was shocked and dismayed to find vastly inadequate technology, a lack of supplies, un-airconditioned facilities, and for the 11,000 people living in this camp, I found only one doctor working the shift.”
During his visit to the camp, he was approached by a man on behalf of his 12-year-old daughter, who needed medical attention. The man invited Oz to his home.
"We met with Zaynab. She was born with a heart defect. But before doctors could operate, the war broke out. The family ended up here. They are desperate. I looked at her echocardiograms and examined her… Zaynab's blood does not carry enough oxygen, so she turns blue. She’s thin and frail, and tires easily. Left untreated, she will not survive into adulthood.”
#PolétrEntreprenanteetHumanitaire ... Daha fazlaDaha az
Residential property sales in Turkey to foreigners more than doubled in August compared to the same month last year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) reported Wednesday.
"In house sales to foreigners became 3,866 by increasing 129.6 percent compared to the same month of the previous year," TurkStat said in a statement.
More than a third of sales were in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city by population, with 1,141 sales in the month, followed by the holiday resort city of Antalya with 675 units, and the northwestern province of Bursa with 305 units.
The figures revealed that Iraqis topped the list of buyers with 944 properties, followed by Iranians (394), Saudis (275), Kuwaitis (271) and Russians (192).
Last month, a total of 105,154 houses changed ownership by second-hand sales, down by 12.5 percent year-on-year. ... Daha fazlaDaha az
Amazon has launched its online shopping operations in Turkey, the company announced on Wednesday.
"Starting today, customers across Turkey can visit Amazon.com.tr to shop from a selection of millions of products, with the benefit of everyday low prices and reliable free delivery for orders above 50 Turkish liras," the online shopping giant said in a statement.
The company noted that it is offering a wide variety of products from local Turkish brands as well as big brand favorites.
"Amazon.com.tr features a vast selection of products across 15 categories, such as books, consumer electronics, sports, outdoor, tools, toys, home improvement, and baby, including products from over one thousand local Turkish businesses," it said.
Sam Nicols, Country Manager for Amazon.com.tr, said in the statement that the company's mission is to be world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, at great prices.
"Since the launch of Amazon.com in 1995, hundreds of thousands of Amazon customers in Turkey have ordered millions of items from existing Amazon stores around the globe," Nicols said.
"Today, we are thrilled to now offer Turkish customers a selection of millions of products, including products from over one thousand local Turkish businesses," he said.
“We are committed to building our business in Turkey in the coming months by expanding our selection and delivery options and providing excellent service, through which we hope to earn the trust of Turkish customers."
Alpagut Cilingir, head of Amazon seller services for Amazon.com.tr, said: "E-commerce has the power to level the playing field between big and small businesses, empowering Turkish companies of any size to grow their business online."
"We are investing in helping sellers become successful – continually building tools that do the heavy lifting to help them to sell more,” Cilingir said.
Jeff Bezos -- currently the richest man in the world -- founded Amazon in 1994 as an online bookstore, and made it the biggest Internet retailer in the world in revenue and market value in 24 years. ... Daha fazlaDaha az
Turkey is the country that hosts the most number of refugees in the world.
I had the opportunity to visit Syrian refugee camps along the Syria-Turkey border with the help of AFAD, the @IFRC, and @TurkKizilay. Despite the hardships the people we met have endured, their stories of resilience are inspiring - this is a trip that has forever changed me.
President @RT_Erdogan receives U.S. companies’ representatives in Turkey
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Turkish-American surgeon and talk show host @DrOz said he was greatly moved by his visits in July to refugee camps in Turkey and Syria, noting it was something he would never forget.