President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on foreign companies for the joint production of scanning devices for the health services.
“Turkey needs a rapid nationalization and localization in the health sector,” Erdoğan said on Nov. 7, speaking at the academic year opening ceremony of the University of Health Sciences.
"Domestic production in the health sector is as important as in the defense sector," he said.
Erdoğan said the country should produce its own tomography, ultrasonography and MRI machines, adding that the country has the human capital for this end.
He invited leading foreign companies for joint production in Turkey and said “there are positive approaches” on this issue.
The German giant Siemens may start producing diagnostic imaging devices in Turkey, Erdoğan said in October after his visit to Germany.
The Turkish and German health ministries “may take some joint steps” on the issue of devices such as MR and tomography,” he said, noting that Siemens may make investments in several areas and that this issue would be discussed later on.