President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated Europe’s biggest city hospital in the capital Ankara on Thursday.
Erdogan attended the opening ceremony of Ankara Bilkent City Hospital, the world’s third biggest hospital which was constructed in one-go.
“As we did in the defense industry, we must save our country from foreign dependency in the fields of medicine and medical technology,” Erdogan said.
“We will build a 600-acre health valley and technology development zone for life sciences on the area that Bilkent City Hospital is located,” he added.
Also addressing the inauguration ceremony, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the city hospitals will stand out with their functionality and provide “ultimate health care services” cooperating with the universities to conduct educational and research activities.
Ankara Bilkent City Hospital currently serves in cardiovascular surgery, neurology, oncology, orthopedics and general branches. The hospital has a bed capacity of 3,704 with 131 operation rooms and 904 polyclinics.
Turkey’s ninth city hospital, Ankara Bilkent City Hospital will receive 30,000 patients and treat 8,000 emergency patients per day when in full capacity.
The hospital also houses Turkey’s biggest laboratory, as well as two heliports for airport transfers of patients.
* Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur