Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Turkey Had Stopped Testing For Swine Flu 11/18/09 8:00am

Turkey Had Stopped Testing For Swine Flu

A small portion of the article - to read all of it, please go to the link in the headline.

What it says to me, is we do not fully know the amount of people sick in Turkey - but if 71% of the Health Care Workers are sick, I would say Turkey may have as bad if not worst situation going on than Ukraine! Yet, not a Word about it from anywhere!

Portion of Article dated Nov. 3rd 2009:

Officially, some 2,000 Turks are reported to have been infected with the H1N1 influenza virus, but Health Minister Recep Akdağ and leading medical professors are stressing that the actual number infected is probably at least fivefold higher than that figure. The ministry has been critical of the media reporting each and every case and has declared that it will no longer disclose the number of people infected.

Hospitals, on the other hand, have stopped testing whether people are affected, instead they examine the symptoms and only those patients who doctors conclude from an external examination may have been infected are tested. This practice may be aimed at cutting the cost of the fight against the influenza pandemic, but by letting potentially infected people engage with others, the ministry and hospitals are, in a way, helping the pandemic spread. In addition, despite repeated assertions by the Health Ministry that cleanliness is vitally important in battling this serious threat, the hygienic situation at most Turkish public hospitals and local health-care centers is appalling.

Despite some objections from some leading doctors that the vaccine has not been properly tested and could produce some severe side effects – perhaps more serious that the much-feared influenza pandemic – Turkey started its vaccination campaign this week. Health personnel are being given priority for vaccinations along with the pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia for the annual Muslim hajj. So far so good. Yet the prime minister of the country bluntly declared yesterday that he would not be vaccinated.

So the Prime Minister of Turkey has said "He will NOT get vaccinated"!

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