Policy responses for Turkey - HSRM


Policy responses for Turkey

1.5 Testing

Symptomatic cases, symptomatic and asymptomatic contacts of the confirmed cases and probable cases are being tested.
Tests are requested by physicians in hospitals. Family physicians refer suspicious cases to be tested hospitals.
Samples of respiratory tracts of the patients that fit to the probable case definition of COVID-19 are evaluated at Microbiology Reference Laboratories of the General Directorate for Public Health (GDPH) and at Public Health Laboratories in designated provinces according to SARS-CoV-2 (https://covid19bilgi.saglik.gov.tr/tr/covid-19-yetkilendirilmis-tani-laboratuvarlari-listesi).

On 23 March, 50,000 rapid test kits arrived from China and a total of 300,000 tester kits were purchased.  Turkey further made arrangements to order about a million test kits.
During the last 3 days of March, more than 10,000 tests were processed by day, through a large network of 75 laboratories. During April, laboratory capacity was expanded to 89 centers, and on April 5, 20,200 daily tests were performed.
The number of daily tests has steadily increased: on April 7 it reached 30,000;  on April 10 it increased to 30,000; by April 18 it surpassed 40,000. As of 20 April 2020, there were 114 reference laboratories in 65 out of 81 provinces.

On 20 March 2020, MoH announced that those tested for the novel coronavirus would be able
to access their results via the state portal "enabiz.gov.tr" an online health database which users
can gain access to with a password, gathers patients' medical records, including diagnostic
reports, prescribed medication and eases communication with doctors.

• Additional 7 test centres will be established during July, of which, two are in border crossings. This is in order to tackle the new upsurge of COVID-19 cases. These centers were prepared for both testing and continuing treatment of people with COVID-19 symptoms . Tests are also being carried out in 135 centers within Turkey. COVID-19 testing centers were launched in airports, where PCR tests' results will be delivered to passengers within two hours. Passengers are checked with a contactless thermometer before boarding the aircraft. In case of symptoms such as above 38 degrees fever, runny nose, cough and respiratory distress, the passenger is not admitted to the aircraft.