Director of Communications Altun pens a letter to The New York Times

Director of Communications Altun pens a letter to The New York Times

Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun penned a letter to the US daily The New York Times, which has failed to mention Turkey in its editorial on the successful countries in the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Director of Communications Altun penned a letter to The New York Times, which has been defaming Turkey at every opportunity and which has recently failed to mention Turkey in its editorial on the successful countries in the fight against coronavirus, and thus the daily had to correct its mistake.

The editorial titled “In a Crisis, True Leaders Stand Out” published in The New York Times on May 1, 2020 hailed some countries, especially Germany, for their fight against coronavirus, while ignoring Turkey’s accomplishments.

Accordingly, Director of Communications Altun penned a letter to The New York Times and responded to the editorial, which has ignored Turkey, with figures.

“While your editorial hailed Germany — where the Covid-19 mortality rate is nearly 83 per million — as a success story, Turkey, where that number is about 40, was notably absent,” Altun wrote in his letter issued on the online version of The New York Times.

Altun underlined that thanks to its health care system, into which President Erdoğan’s government has invested billions since 2002, Turkey has successfully slowed down new cases and treated more than 60,000 citizens.

Recalling that the public institutions have taken all the necessary steps in cooperation with the private sector and provided all citizens with surgical masks free of charge, Altun underlined that Turkey has also sent medical supplies and aid to 57 countries, including the US.

The fact that The New York Times had to publish Altun's letter was interpreted as an acknowledgment of the mistake.

Altun’s letter

In his letter, Director of Communications Altun noted the following:

“In a Crisis, True Leaders Stand Out” (editorial, May 1) did not recognize Turkey’s accomplishments against the coronavirus.

Turkey has formed a scientific advisory board, comprising leading medical experts and professors of infectious diseases, to devise its game plan in response to the pandemic. Since then, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration has been managing Turkey’s response based on scientists’ recommendations. The numbers speak for themselves.

While your editorial hailed Germany — where the Covid-19 mortality rate is nearly 83 per million — as a success story, Turkey, where that number is about 40, was notably absent.

Thanks to its free and universal health care system, into which President Erdogan’s government has invested billions since 2002, Turkey successfully slowed down new infections and has treated more than 60,000 patients. Finally, our powerful manufacturing industry, in cooperation with relevant agencies, enabled the government to provide surgical masks to all citizens free of charge. Turkey has also donated or sold medical supplies and ventilators to 55 countries, including the United States. "