The foundations of the new Güzelyurt State Hospital were laid yesterday with a ceremony.
Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün laid the foundation stone of the new 120 bed capacity and 15,500m² hospital building.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Minister of Health Faiz Sucuoğlu said that the UBP-DP coalition government had taken important steps towards improving public health services in the TRNC during the 9 months it has been in office.
Sucuoğlu listed these as the new oncology hospital in Lefkoşa, the Yeni Erenköy Health Centre and the first and second stage of the Tren Yolu Polyclinic as well as the Güzelyurt hospital.
Pointing out that there was a serious need for a proper hospital in Güzelyurt, Sucuoğlu said, “For me this very foundation we lay today is the final proof that not a single pebble from Güzelyurt will be given away. Güzelyurt is an indispensable part of the TRNC; the hospital is the biggest proof that we are protecting our claims here.”
Also addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün said that such investments were proof that the Turkish Cypriots had deeply embedded roots in Cyprus.
He also highlighted the importance the government attached to Güzelyurt and the surrounding area.
“We are all gathered here today to show that the perceptions created and the feelings of uncertainty regarding Güzelyurt are unnecessary”, Özgürgün said.
Touching upon the Cyprus Problem, the Prime Minister said that the recent developments showed that there was indeed a Greek Cypriot side that was trying to usurp the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people.
He said that the Greek Cypriots continued to perceive Turkish Cypriots as a minority but also demanded to take on the EU’s term presidency despite its small population.
The Prime Minister also questioned as to how many more concessions were the Greek Cypriot side expecting the Turkish Cypriot side to make.
The foundation stones of the hospital were laid following the speeches.
The Prime Minister and his wife then planted citrus saplings on the grounds of the hospital.