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9,881 earthquake victims continue to get treatment in Turkiye

March 17, 2023 at 2:18 pm

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca visits earthquake survivors at field hospital after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hit multiple provinces of Turkiye [Aytuğ Can Sencar/Anadolu Agency]

The Turkish Health Minister said on Friday that over 9,800 quake victims are still under treatment in hospital, after the twin earthquakes struck southern Turkiye last month, Anadolu News Agency reports.

“The treatment of our 9,881 earthquake-victim patients is still continuing in hospitals,” Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter, noting that 1,834 of the patients are in intensive care units.

Koca further said the provinces of Ankara, Istanbul, Adana, Gaziantep and Antalya host the highest number of quake-victim patients in the country, adding: “I wish each of our patients recovery. We are doing our best for their recovery.”

Nearly 50,000 people were killed in Turkiye by magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 quakes that hit on 6 February, according to officials.

Over 13.5 million people have been affected in Turkiye by the massive quakes which struck the provinces of Kahramanmaras, Hatay, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, Malatya, Adana, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Osmaniye, Sanliurfa and Elazig.

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