World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler arrived in Khartoum early Thursday for a two-day visit during which he will inaugurate a Turkish-funded specialized research hospital in the Darfur region.
Isler said the hospital project, funded by the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), reaffirms Turkey's desire to help the Sudanese people and willingness to open up to all Arab countries.
In statements upon arrival, the Turkish official expressed Ankara's readiness to play a positive role to bring peace in Darfur.
Isler went on to say that the situation on the ground in Darfur has improved following the signing of a Qatari-brokered deal between the Sudanese government and the rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM).
He described the two-day visit as part of continued high-level visits by officials from both countries, citing the 2006 visit of Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Sudan – the first by a Turkish premier to the country – and the 2008 visit of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Turkey.
Sudanese Minister of Cabinet Affairs Ahmed Saad Omar, who welcomed Isler at the Khartoum airport, lauded Turkish keenness to strengthen ties with Sudan.
He said Isler would hold talks with Vice-Presidents Hassan Saleh and Hasbo Abdul-Rahman on Thursday before heading to Darfur on Friday to open the hospital.
The Sudan-Turkey Training and Research Hospital has 31 polyclinics established within an 11,000 square-meter indoor space.
It has biochemistry, microbiology and pathology laboratories as well as a blood bank and a Radiology center.
The radiology center is equipped with advanced imaging devices - two conventional MR machines, one for mammography, one for tomography and five for ultrasound treatment.
Turkish and Sudanese health ministries inked an operations deal last year to run the hospital jointly for five years.
The establishment aims to provide reliable, sustainable and high-quality health services to people in the region, as well as train 50 Sudanese health workers every year.Last Mod: 27 Şubat 2014, 10:07