At a meeting this Thursday between Romanian Red Cross and Turkish Red Crescent representatives, the participants tackled international cooperation, neighborly support in emergencies, the exchange of best practices regarding the assistance of vulnerable children, disaster response and the population's first aid training, a release informs.
The Romanian Red Cross received on Thursday a delegation led by Dr. Kerem Kinik - president of the Turkish Red Crescent and vice president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and including the organization's director general Alper Kucuk and its International Relations director Anil Kocabal. The Romanian Red Cross delegation consisted of Dr. Raed Arafat, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, head of the Emergency Department and vice president of the Romanian Red Cross, and Romanian Red Cross director general Ioan Silviu Lefter.
The Turkish Embassy's chargé d'affaires a.i. Sait Evren Guner also attended, Agerpres informs.
"One of the objectives of the official visit was the handover of two type A1 ambulances purchased by the Romanian Red Cross from funds donated by the Turkish Red Crescent in 2020. The two medical vehicles complement the private ambulance service of the Romanian Red Cross in Bucharest," the release states.
During the handover ceremony, the head of the Emergency Department, Dr. Raed Arafat, awarded to the Turkish Red Crescent the Plaque of the Emergency Department, and to the Romanian Red Cross the Warrant for the "Emergency Department's Honorary Emblem" for its contribution to combating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The Turkish Red Crescent is one of the closest partners of the Romanian Red Cross, with trust and respect underlying the relations between our societies. We are based on common values guided by the fundamental Red Cross and Red Crescent principles. During the pandemic, the Red Crescent stood by our organisation both by facilitating access to protection equipment and by donating much needed protective materials. We thank our friends for their presence in Romania and for their constant support," said Romanian Red Cross director general Ioan Silviu Lefter.
The event continued with the award of the winners of the Health and First Aid Contest of the 2021 session of the Skilled Health Workers Academy, and with the simulation of a disaster intervention performed by Romanian Red Cross volunteers.