A proposal to classify Covid-19 as an occupational disease in Turkey is expected to be put on the agenda of the Health Commission in the coming days.
Although the Covid-19 vaccines are now at the final stage, the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly, and the loss of life is increasing day by day. The number of cases worldwide stands at more than 58 million, and deaths are above 1.4 million. According to official data in Turkey, the number of patients per day numbers more than 5,000.
The recommendation for healthcare workers to “consider Covid-19 an occupational disease” was considered by the Turkish Grand National Assembly. A consensus has been reached between the parties in parliament, and now the proposal is expected to be put on the agenda of the Health Commission.
If coronavirus is accepted as an ”occupational disease”, an employee who contracts the illness during the scope of her/his employment can claim compensation.
SES: The fight will continue
The Health and Social Service Workers’ Union (SES) stated that an important step has been taken to consider Covid-19 as an ”occupational disease”. The following statement was made by SES regarding the development: ”As a result of our efforts an important step was taken to consider Covid-19 an occupational disease.”.
Ankara Medical Chamber (ATO) called for the process to be enacted as soon as possible without further extension and to include the deceased health workers.