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Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu gives plasma to Turkish Red Crescent

Top Turkish official urges people who recovered from coronavirus for plasma donation.
15.12.2020 - 15:34

After beating coronavirus this fall, a top Turkish official is donating his lifesaving immune plasma to help others.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu gave the plasma to the Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) in the capital Ankara on Tuesday.

"ONE OF THE TREATMENT METHODS PATIENTS NEED"

"In this pandemic period, one of the treatment methods that patients need the most is plasma therapy,” he told reporters. “So plasma donations from those who recovered from the disease as approved by the Turkish Red Crescent have an important effect on this process and treating the disease.”

He also urged people to continue to follow hygiene rules, wear masks, keep social distancing, and avoid crowds.

Soylu and his family tested positive for the disease and recovered from coronavirus in late October and early November.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu gives plasma to Turkish Red Crescent VIDEO

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN TURKEY

As of Monday, Turkey reported over 1.86 million cases of the disease, over 1.63 million recoveries, and 16,646 fatalities in total.

On top of its international aid, the Turkish Red Crescent works to help Turkish citizens through donations collected by benefactors and many of its local centers, while its nursing homes, dormitories, and orphanages also help the needy nationwide.