While many activities are conducted because of Vaccination Week, which is celebrated in the last week of April each year, it aims to raise public awareness of vaccination efforts. Istanbul Provincial Health Director Prof. Dr. Kemal Memişoğlu also made statements to İhlas News Agency about the allegations that there has been a recent increase in measles cases. prof. Dr. Memişoğlu called on families to get their children vaccinated. Stating that many diseases such as heart disease in society can be prevented through changes in lifestyle and diet, Prof. Dr. Memişoğlu stated that many centers provide services to citizens.
“Speculative or unproven discourses should be avoided”
Emphasizing that citizens should pay attention to their diet and lifestyle against heart disease, Istanbul Provincial Health Director Prof. Dr. Kemal Memişoğlu said: “2 out of 5 deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease. The biggest reason for this is inactivity, stress, smoking habits, weight, diabetes, inadequate nutrition, if you look at it, it’s lifestyle related. If we improve our lifestyle and take good care of our bodies and hearts, we will reduce these deaths, and society should know it. We have 34 heart centers and 33 stroke centers in Istanbul. In the case of a clot in the circulatory system, there are situations where these clots thrown into the brain remain paralyzed for the rest of their lives and cause death. In this regard, we have established a system with 112 to prevent stroke or sequelae through early diagnosis of these stroke centers and stroke patients. Obesity is a major risk in such diseases. There are 91 obesity treatment centers and 26 wellness centers in Istanbul. In Covid we went through a 2 year process that involved constant and inactivity at home as well as snacking and fast eating. When we looked at this process, we saw that the weight index increased in people, young people and our children. For this reason, we care about nutrition and an active life. In addition, of course, the scientific world says that a stress-free life and good nutrition reduce the great risks of these cardiovascular diseases, and this has been proven with data and statistics. Therefore, it should be considered a preventable disease. We recommend that they reduce their stress, their weight and their risks with hobbies such as sports, exercise or outdoor walks that relieve stress. Covid vaccines were eventually sent to the people by the World Health Organization and our ministry as safe vaccines. Therefore, speculative or unproven statements should be avoided.”
“There hasn’t been an epidemic in Turkey, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen”
Istanbul Provincial Health Director Prof. Dr. Memişoğlu stressed the need for citizens to have their children vaccinated against infectious diseases. Memişoğlu continued his words as follows:
“Vascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the world, but if you look at the 1900s, infections and epidemics are the leading causes of death for people. The most important factor in preventing this is the vaccine. Today, when measles, chickenpox, and smallpox have declined in our children or not at all, we have taken the advantage of the vaccine system that best manages, treats, and protects. Today, Turkey gives the 12 vaccines for free to its children and the elderly, and it is done entirely within the means of the state. We have these vaccines in family health centers, in our hospitals, in our private sector, everywhere. We must be particularly sensitive to measles, chickenpox, diphtheria, whooping cough and polio vaccines. Because after 2 days there is no snow. The effectiveness of the vaccine is very easy to see, especially in these infectious diseases called measles. Of which; Türkiye has increased vaccination coverage by more than 90 percent. By establishing these vaccine systems with the transformation in health in 2002, and by establishing these vaccine infrastructure and follow-up systems in 2009, Turkey showed a great example of vaccination success, and it paid off. While measles has sometimes reached epidemic levels in America and Europe, it hasn’t happened in Turkey, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. If we compromise on vaccinations and don’t let people vaccinate their children against measles, chickenpox, whooping cough or polio, our children are at risk, and other people’s children. That is why I especially ask our society to be sensitive to this vaccine. Because I say it again; Turkey has shown its success in vaccination in the past, it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that our people show sensitivity to prevent this from getting worse, to get their children vaccinated by registering with general practitioners, the administrations at their schools or by submitting an application to one of our health facilities, and to properly follow vaccination schedules