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Black Sea team to help Ethiopia

Black Sea team to help Ethiopia
A group of 21 Turkish doctors left the country on Friday to visit Ethiopia, a landlocked state in the Horn of Africa, to extend medical assistance.

Black Sea medical team heads to Ethiopia.

Health professionals from the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (T?KA) and the Black Sea Health Professionals Association (KARSAMED) decided to go to Ethiopia, because a large segment of the population, some 38 percent, lives below the poverty line. They will take medical supplies and equipment and distribute 1,000 kilograms of medicine in Ethiopia during their stay.

Alaattin Çebi, the president of KARSAMED, said they had previously been to Ethiopia to volunteer their services and had helped approximately 7,000 locals and distributed 3,000 kilograms of medicine. Çebi, who is also a doctor, said the health professionals, including doctors and pharmacists, will carry out procedures ranging from physical examinations to surgical operations. ?We are training our health professionals on how they should behave toward Ethiopians during their treatment. In addition to medical care, we want to show our interest in Ethiopia and the love, sincerity and compassion felt for them by Turkish people,? he said.

During their stay, the volunteer doctors will first go to the capital, Addis Ababa, and then on to Adwa, a town in northern Ethiopia. ?We are planning to help 10,000 local people this year. People in Ethiopia live under the threat of starvation. Many diseases, including malaria and AIDS, are very common, and the average lifespan in Ethiopia is 50 for men and 52 years for women,? said Çebi.

The medical team is planning to return to Turkey on March 7.

Hasan DEM?R

www.turkishmaritime.com.tr

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