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Population Numbers Strain Hospitals and Schools

Dr Burhan Nalbantoglu hospital in Nicosia can no longer cope with the increasing number of users as the country’s population expands. The state hospital is the only fully-equipped hospital in the country, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’ reports.

Doctors from all specialities are on duty 24hours a day at the hospital, but neither the infrastructure nor the capacity are sufficient for the patient numbers.

North Cyprus News - Sener ElcilMeanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris’ reports that Sener Elcil, general secretary of the Turkish Cypriot Teachers’ Union (KTOS), commenting on the relocation of three classes of an elementary school in Kyrenia to a building of a private school because the number of schools in the country was not enough to meet the population, said that “due to lack of planning on the issue of population, the number of schools and hospitals in the country are no longer adequate”.

The paper further reports: “The fact that the number of schools in the country is not sufficient to meet the population has caused extraordinary situations in the new school year which started today in primary education”.

Elcil also noted that 56% of the students in school are Turkish citizens, 5% are from third countries and 39% are TRNC citizens, adding that “the main cause of this problem is the lack of planning in this country”. He further said that “it is not clear who is entering and who is leaving the country”.

Yeni Duzen, Kibris

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