Ministry of Health
Health Tourism Department

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Pakistan-Turkey Cooperation in Health Tourism

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02/10/2017

Dr Öner GÜNER - Director General of the General Directorate for European Union and Foreign Affairs, Dr Murat ÖZTÜRK - Head of Organ Tissue Transplantation and Dialysis Services Department and Dr Mehmet Ali AYDIN - Head of Health Tourism Department paid an official visit to Pakistan, to major cities of Islamabad, Faisalabad and Lahore on 24-28 July 2017 to hold official talks with Pakistani officials concerning the Pakistani patients with liver and congenital heart diseases, who are considered to receive treatment in our country.


On July 25, 2017, a meeting was held in the city of Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Ms Saira Afzal TARAR - Minister of Health of Pakistan. Besides the delegation of our Ministry, Mr Sadık Babür GİRGİN - Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Islamabad, Mr Muhammad Ayub SHEIKH - Secretary General of the Ministry of Health of Pakistan, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry officials and Pakistani physicians related to Liver Transplantation have participated in the meeting.


On July 26, 2017, delegation of our Ministry visited Punjab Medical College in Faisalabad and met Prof. Dr. Muhammad Alfareed Zafar - Principal of College, who organized a meeting with the participation of the college administration and related physicians.


On July 27, 2017, another meeting was held in Punjab with the participation of Mr Salman Rafique - Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education, Mr Ali İmran - Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Services, Ministry Undersecretaries and related physicians.


A decision has been made to set up mutual contact persons and to communicate with each other, to create pre-operation evaluation forms and post-operation follow-up standard forms, and to deliver the existing forms used in our country and to deliver our legislation.

In addition to that, it has been reported that, in all cases, including congenital heart diseases, our country can provide treatment for Pakistani patients.


Another request of the Pakistani authorities is to establish a cooperation for the liver transplant patients to be treated in Turkey, as well as Turkey's support for the establishment of this infrastructure in Pakistan. They expressed their desire for Turkey to share her experiences in establishing a cadaver organ transplantation system, which is not available yet in their country and their will to acquire this system in Pakistan. It is indicated that our country is ready to support and guide them in this regard based on our many years of experience.

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