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Turkish nationals to get free medical treatment in TRNC

4 February 2014

Turkish nationals who are studying in the TRNC or who are tourists will be able to access free treatment in TRNC state hospitals as of April, on production of their Republic of Turkey Social Security cards.

The Health Ministry undersecretary, Mustafa Akcaba and Head of Social Security (Turkey), Yadigar Gokalp signed the agreement. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Cyprus Affairs Besir Atalay, Prime Minister Ozkan Yorgancioglu and Health Minister Ahmet Gulle also signed the protocol.

It was stated that all costs would be covered by Turkey’s social security system.

BRT broadcast that Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Atalay, the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz and the Turkish Minister for Forestry and Water Works Veysel Eroglu held a series of contacts in the TRNC last weekend. The first visit of the Turkish delegation was to President Dervis Eroglu.

Speaking during the visit, Atalay said that the focus of their meetings in the TRNC will be on water, energy and health issues.

President Eroglu, for his part, said that he was pleased to see work being done on water, energy and health, which were all important for the TRNC. Noting that economic problems were on the rise in the TRNC as a result of the fall in the value of the Turkish Lira against foreign currencies, Eroglu thanked the Turkish government for the projects which were vital for their future.

Following their visit to Eroglu, the Turkish Ministers and their accompanying delegations met with the Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber. At this meeting Deputy Prime Minister Atalay expressed his satisfaction the new laws passed by the TRNC parliament, describing them as major reforms.

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