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The doctor who never arrived
1.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 11 Apr 2008 Fri 04:33 pm

A clinic built in a village in the eastern province of Muş has been waiting for a doctor for 22 years, remaining unused all this time.

The clinic was built in the village of Başkent, population 300, in 1986 and has yet to open because no doctor has ever been appointed.

Two years ago, the clinic, which had fallen into disrepair due to neglect, was renovated before treating a single patient, giving the people of the village some hope that a doctor would arrive soon. However, despite spending YTL 12,000 to rebuild it, the Health Ministry has yet to send a doctor.

One villager, Evrim Ağyüz, said, “when it was first built, we were told it would serve around 3,000 people in this and 13 surrounding villages. However, it's been empty for 22 years. Is the state this rich?”

The village muhtar (administrator), Abdurrahman Sönmez, said they had received no response to the letters they sent to the Health Ministry. “Everything will change once the clinic opens. The state spent a lot of money and did not send a single health official in all this time.”

People have to travel to the town to get a shot, said Sönmez. “Politicians say, ‘It will open soon.' We are still waiting after 22 years,” he said.

Turkish Daily News

2.       teaschip
3870 posts
 11 Apr 2008 Fri 05:05 pm

That is so sad indeed. and we take things for granted having hundreds of providers at your door step.

3.       catwoman
8933 posts
 11 Apr 2008 Fri 09:15 pm

OMG... such a sad reality...

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