The corona virus pandemic and the resulting COVID-19 disease are increasing rapidly throughout the world, affecting a larger population. Almost every country has been affected by the plague.
The most frightening fact about this disease is that it has no vaccine or medication. It also limits human mobility because of social distance measures to prevent further spread. However, a large number of people have been affected by this disease. More than 3.4 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 so far, and nearly 245,000 people have died.
European Countries and U.S. all were affected by the virus, while the latter has the highest number of deaths so far. Death rates, especially in Italy and Spain, reached horrific heights before slowing recently.
Every continent in the world has been affected, and everyone is trying their best to overcome the pandemic and its effects as soon as possible.
On April 7, 2020, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke on the telephone to discuss how to combat the coronavirus pandemic. In this time of need, the seriousness of the two countries in handling the crisis can help them work together more effectively.
Mechanisms and strategies will be needed to develop collaboration and cooperation in the health care sector. Initially, there was an urgent need to form a response team to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pakistan, because of its weak economic system, faces many challenges. Despite the weak economic structure and the technologically disadvantaged medical sector, it will still be able to work efficiently in this important and critical response.
Under the leadership of Imran Khan, Pakistan has mobilized its resources to deal with COVID-19. In Turkey, medical staff have been diligently working to combat this disease. There is no right drug or vaccine for coronavirus. Therefore, the Turkish Red Crescent, health centers and hospitals have adopted a century-old technique, known as recovery serum.
This method uses plasma from a recovered patient to cure the current patient. This method is also used to cure Ebola and SARS outbreaks. This helps patients with weakened immune systems deal with viral diseases.
China was the first to use this technique for the treatment of COVID-19, while the US and Israel also received some good results from treatment. As a result, the Turkish Ministry of Health and the Turkish Red Crescent have also adopted this technique. Pakistan is also expected to use plasma therapy to cure coronavirus patients. This will help the Pakistani government make all possible arrangements to control mortality rates.
However, the limitation of this technique is that patients who recover can only donate plasma after 14 days of recovery, after the results of the second test become negative. Despite a two-week waiting period, it’s better to adopt therapy than not doing anything.
Potential and facts
Pakistan and Turkey are both serious about fighting major outbreaks and investing in medical science to find a cure. Meanwhile, the two countries can quickly track task forces to continually share information regarding any developments in combating a pandemic. This will assist government officials from both countries in arranging effective policies in combating COVID-19.
In this situation, Turkey appeared as a very crucial player against COVID-19. Turkey has sent medical supplies to more than 50 countries, including China, the US and the US.
Britain thanked Turkey by tweeting, “Thank you Turkey, valuable friends and allies for their vital contribution in the fight against coronavirus.” Such practice at times like this will encourage trustworthy and friendly relationships.
Erdogan, during his last visit to Pakistan, was said to help the country’s health care and health sciences sector with the latest technology. Now, the time has come for some concrete actions and implementation of that vision.
Turkey’s policy towards COVID-19 is very important in combating a pandemic. It has taken several important steps, such as stopping all international flights, bringing back displaced Turks, closing schools and advising social distance. Turkey also helps other countries with its generous social assistance schemes.
Turkey and Pakistan must allocate a budget in forming research centers consisting of renowned scientists from both countries. The team can examine the implications of COVID-19 and mobilize resources to find a vaccine.
Entrepreneurs and major shareholders of both economies can also play an important role in combating the corona virus. They can form collaborative medical exchange programs. The Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma have also established Global MediXchange to combat COVID-19.
Pakistan and Turkey can both follow the same pattern in establishing medical exchange programs. This program will aim to establish an online communication system that will be responsible for international collaboration. This can also provide the medical team with an important communication channel. The task will be predetermined and will consist of various departments that carry out the assigned task.
To deal with the economic implications of coronavirus, a clear strategy is needed. In this case, government officials of both countries must be proactive in identifying impending obstacles. The two countries can form a joint forum for future economic collaboration and trade relations. Parliament of the two countries can play a role in formulating counter-policy actions, which can include policies that suggest ideas for legislation to deal with COVID-19.
Call Imran Khan
Prime Minister Imran Khan in a video message to the international community highlighted some of the main implications of this pandemic. In his statement, he appealed to world bodies and the international community to “launch initiatives to provide debt relief to developing countries.”
One of the main problems faced by developing countries because it is locked is the emerging famine crisis. These states are indebted without adequate reserves or reservoirs that help the economy. It is difficult for a weak economy to resist, because they are fully focused on handling COVID-19 prevention, together with providing assistance to residents.
He added that if not handled properly this could be far greater than the Great Depression. He said debt-inducing countries faced the challenge of lack of fiscal space. “The Global Initiative on Debt Removal” sounds like an welcomed initiative in facing economic challenges. This will introduce representatives from every angle with a coordination mechanism to follow. The assistance of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ease debt for Pakistan is an important step in that direction. This initiative is highly valued by Pakistan.
The IMF must release more packages for weak economies like Pakistan. This will help the country carry out its tasks effectively without fear of financial collapse.
Because Turkey and Pakistan are trusted allies and Muslim countries that are brothers, Turkey can also help Pakistan by spending money to stabilize the economy.
The role of China
Turkey and Pakistan, hand in hand with China, can play an important role in combating the corona virus. China’s policy in dealing with a pandemic is very important for the whole world. China has effectively controlled the spread of the disease by following full closure. This reduces the mortality rate and the cure rate has shown a significant increase.
Therefore, Pakistan and Turkey can ask for Chinese help in fighting the corona virus. Pakistan, China, and Turkey along with several other countries can adopt China’s mechanism in dealing with this viral disease by starting a collaborative program. Initially, tri-national initiatives can be taken for research centers. Other people can be invited to join later. It must also focus on sharing all related discoveries while experimenting to get the most out of finding a drug or developing a vaccine.
By following these steps, Pakistan and Turkey can work together to fight COVID-19. Both countries can also ask for help from other countries.
* International relations analyst based in Islamabad, Pakistan