Ghebreyesus, at the weekly press conference held at WHO, stated that he returned to Geneva yesterday after visiting the regions affected by the Kahramanmaraş-centered earthquakes in Turkey and Syria on February 6, and pointed out that the destruction and pain he saw in the earthquake areas affected him deeply.
Explaining that many buildings collapsed or damaged in Hatay, Ghebreyesus said that despite the great destruction, Turkey made interventions of the same magnitude after the earthquake.
Ghebreyesus said, “During the first two weeks after the earthquake, more than 55 thousand people in need of care were transported to hospitals across Turkey by helicopter, ambulance and vehicles. From the first day, Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca has been leading the field interventions in the regions most affected by the earthquake.” said.
Stating that many Ministry of Health teams moved to the areas affected by the earthquake, Ghebreyesus said that the teams lived side by side with health workers and other response teams in tents, containers and cars.
Expressing that he was impressed by the devoted work of healthcare professionals in both Turkey and Syria, Ghebreyesus noted that the earthquake caused similar pain in both countries.
Noting that interest in the origin of the COVID-19 epidemic has increased again in the last few days, Ghebreyesus said, “If any country has information about the origins of the epidemic, it is essential that it shares it with WHO and the international scientific community. It is not to share the blame, but to advance our understanding of how the pandemic started. so we can prevent, prepare for, and respond to future outbreaks and pandemics.” said.
Reminding that WHO established the Scientific Advisory Group (SAGO) to Investigate the Origin of Kovid-19 Pathogens in 2021, Ghebreyesus said in last year’s report of SAGO, the main need to be done in China or other countries to confirm or eliminate various hypotheses regarding the origins of the COVID-19 epidemic. noted his work.
Ghebreyesus stated that WHO continues to call on China to be transparent about data sharing, to do the necessary research and to share the results, and said that for this purpose, he met with senior Chinese officials many times.