18 June 2021

TİKA Supports Cardiology Training in Argentina

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) provided medical equipment to be used in cardiology training programs organized in the city of Florencio Varela in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Due to the high rate of deaths from heart diseases in the city of Florencio Varela, located in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, Argentina, various cardiac first aid training programs are organized for healthcare workers, medical students, and local people at the health centers in the region. It is aimed to train 80,000 people using the medical equipment provided by TİKA in cooperation with the Turkish Embassy in Buenos Aires.

Local government officials and healthcare specialists also attended the delivery ceremony, which was held in the city of Florencio Varela, located approximately 25 km from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.

Andrés Watson, Mayor of Florencio Varela, thanked for the assistance and said, “The support provided is very important to us and will contribute greatly to our plan to transform our city into a cardiac-protected one.”

In his speech at the ceremony, Ambassador Şefik Vural Altay stated that the assistance was an indicator of the friendly relations between the two countries and that even though Turkey and Argentina are geographically distant, their hearts were beating as one. Noting that Turkey shared its experience with other countries, Altay said, “Turkey ranks second, after only China, for the volume of medical assistance provided during the pandemic. We have so far provided assistance to more than 150 countries around the world and will continue to do so.”

The medical equipment provided as part of the “Cardiac-Protected Municipality Program” consists of 6 automated external defibrillators, 1 half-body auscultation manikin, 2 training defibrillators, 2 infant CPR training manikins, 2 half-body CPR training manikins, 2 airway intubation manikins, 2 injection practice arm models, and 1 adult intubation manikin.

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