Tur­key to es­tab­lish med­i­cal col­leges in Kirkuk, Jarab­u­lus

Tur­key will es­tab­lish col­leges to pro­vide med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion in Kirkuk, north­ern Iraq, and also in Jarablus, north­ern Syria, as part of the coun­try’s hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts south of its bor­ders

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

AN­OTHER ini­tia­tive has come from Tur­key in terms of pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to its neigh­bor­ing coun­tries Syria and Iraq, as it said it will es­tab­lish two sep­a­rate Health Ser­vices Vo­ca­tional Schools of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion in Jarab­u­lus and Kirkuk.

TUR­KEY will es­tab­lish two health ser­vices vo­ca­tional schools in Syria’s Jarablus and Iraq’s Kirkuk, un­der the coun­try’s Health Sciences Univer­sity.

The de­ci­sion, in line with Tur­key’s pol­icy of pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid across its bor­ders, came in the form of a pres­i­den­tial de­cree that was pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Gazette Fri­day.

The rec­tor of Health Sciences Univer­sity, Cevdet Erdöl, said Fri­day that the two vo­ca­tional schools will be opened soon af­ter re­ceiv­ing of­fi­cial per­mis­sions. “We have also opened vo­ca­tional schools in So­ma­lia and Su­dan,” he said.

Stress­ing that Tur­key will al­ways stand with the peo­ple of Syria and Iraq with­out seek­ing any in­ter­est, Erdöl said, “We will open our vo­ca­tional schools de­ter­min­ing the needs of peo­ple in Syria and Iraq in the field of health.”

In both schools, stu­dents in the re­gion will be trained in nurs­ing and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

Tur­key’s Op­er­a­tion Euphrates Shield lib­er­ated Jarablus from Daesh ter­ror­ists in Septem­ber 2016. The op­er­a­tion, which con­cluded in March 2017, cleared ter­ror­ist el­e­ments from ar­eas close to the Turk­ish bor­der.

As Ankara pri­or­i­tizes al­le­vi­at­ing the suf­fer­ing of lo­cal peo­ple, it has been worked to nor­mal­ize life in Jarablus by sup­port­ing health­care, ed­u­ca­tion and safety ser­vices, since the lib­er­a­tion of the city.

In fall 2016, Tur­key’s Health Min­istry opened a hos­pi­tal for thou­sands of peo­ple in the area.

In ad­di­tion, the Turk­ish Red Cres­cent (Kızılay), the state Disas­ter and Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (AFAD), and some Turk­ish mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have re­paired lo­cal schools, in­cluded Ah­met Se­lim Mulla High School, the city’s largest, which was pre­vi­ously used as a prison by Daesh ter­ror­ists.

In or­der to im­prove the liv­ing con­di­tions in Syria, Tur­key mo­bi­lized state in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing Kızılay and AFAD. Kızılay has sent more than 42,000 trucks of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid sup­plies to Syria so far - about a hun­dred tucks of aid daily. As a re­sult of Tur­key’s po- lit­i­cal ef­forts and anti-ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions, more than 200,000 refugees have re­turned to their homes.

As part of a re­cent project, lo­cal peo­ple in north­ern Syria’s Azaz, a town that was lib­er­ated from ter­ror­ists dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Euphrates Shield, have also been re­ceiv­ing vo­ca­tional train­ing at a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter es­tab­lished by Tur­key.

The cen­ter was opened by the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Direc­torate in Tur­key’s bor­der prov­ince of Kilis and opened three months ago. The cen­ter in­cludes cour­ses in the Turk­ish lan­guage, hair­dress­ing, graphic de­sign, tai­lor­ing, elec­tric and elec­tron­ics, as well as train­ing on the op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of heavy ma­chin­ery. The pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter cur­rently has some 250 stu­dents. Apart from Azaz, Tur­key has also opened sim­i­lar cen­ters in the Syr­ian towns of Mare, So­ran and Akhtarin.

While Tur­key put great a em­pha­sis on con­tin­u­ing the fight against ter­ror­ist groups in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, it does not ne­glect the in­creas­ing needs of lo­cal peo­ple who have been suf­fer­ing due to the on­go­ing con­flicts in their coun­tries. Tur­key is in­vest­ing in the Syr­ian peo­ple’s fu­ture by open­ing nu­mer­ous schools to ed­u­cate chil­dren and work­ing places where peo­ple make money.

For ex­am­ple, last week Tur­key opened a kinder­garten and tai­lor work­shop in Khan Shaykhun, a town near the Turk­ish bor­der in north­ern Syria’s Idlib prov­ince.

The Turk­ish Health Min­istry also opened a new health cen­ter last week in the town of Raju in Afrin dis­trict. It has in­ter­nal medicine, den­tistry, women’s and pe­di­atric out­pa­tient clin­ics, as well as a blood test lab­o­ra­tory and a phar­macy.

Tur­key’s Health Min­istry has also set up a mo­bile hos­pi­tal and two mo­bile health ser­vice ve­hi­cles in Afrin.

Aside from the hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance pro­vided for Syria, Tur­key pledged $5 bil­lion in loans and in­vest­ment for the re­con­struc­tion of Iraq, a na­tion reel­ing from a three-year war against the Daesh ter­ror­ist group. Ankara has clearly stressed that it will stand with the peo­ple of Iraq, sup­port­ing their ef­forts to re­build the coun­try.

A hos­pi­tal in Jarablus, north­ern Syria, built by Tur­key af­ter the re­gion was lib­er­ated from Daesh ter­ror­ists.

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