'Public Health Week' Message from Minister Koca

Health Minister Dr. Fahrettin Koca published a message on his social media account on the occasion of 'September 3-9 Public Health Week'.

Within the scope of September 3-9 Public Health Week, Minister Koca shared a video explaining all the work that started with Dr. Refik Saydam, the first Minister of Health of the Republic of Türkiye, and continues today. 

Pointing out that the policy of focusing on public health in healthcare services began exactly 100 years ago, Koca noted on his post: "We continue with the vision of the Century of Türkiye to protect and improve public health. Happy 3-9 September Public Health Week. Our motto this year is 'Türkiye Living with Health'."

In the video shared by Koca, it is reminded that Dr. Refik Saydam, who supports prioritizing protective and preventive healthcare services, established institutes and enacted laws in this context. 

In the video, which includes the message "We have been working to protect and improve public health with the same mission and enthusiasm for 100 years", it is stated that the General Directorate of Public Health carries out many screening programs against various genetic diseases for both newborns and adults, the family medicine system is strengthened, and the number of Healthy Life Centers is increased.

The video also includes information about immunization, control, surveillance activities, vaccination against infectious diseases, the fight against obesity and addiction, mental health services, and the importance of the Hygiene Vaccine and Biotechnological Product Research and Production Center, which is under construction.

Updated: 12/09/2023