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Fahrettin Koca: “The Covid-19 pandemic reveals an injustice in access to health services”

AA / Ankara / Merve Yildizalp

The Covid-19 pandemic has clearly highlighted the lack of equity in access to health services, the Turkish Minister of Health said on Sunday.

It also makes it necessary to adopt equality-based and human-based approaches in the design of health systems, Fahrettin Koca said at a videoconference meeting of G20 health ministers in Italy, according to a statement from the Turkish Ministry of Health.

Speaking at the session dedicated to the assessment of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on global health and the sustainable development goals by 2030, Fahrettin Koca stressed that the coronavirus pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on health, causing high mortality around the world.

“We need to adopt a new long-term vision that includes making universal health one of the main goals of health-related sustainable development,” Koca said.

The pandemic has shown that all societies have the right to have a health system on a human scale, based on values, patient safety and quality of care, added the Minister of Health, urging them G20 countries to assume their responsibilities in this area.

The meeting began Sunday in Rome, and will last two days.

Over three sessions, participants will discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the prevention of future pandemics and ways to counter the pandemic caused by the coronavirus.

According to Italian media, participants are expected to send a message of increased cooperation, solidarity and equality at the meeting.

* Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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