The Pandemic Heroes Monument, which was built by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality for the health workers who worked with great devotion in the pandemic, was opened with a ceremony. Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has tried to hug Izmir's health workers since the first day of the pandemic. We dedicate this work to health workers who have faced all kinds of difficulties during the pandemic process," he said.
The Pandemic Heroes Monument, which was built by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality for health workers who worked hard during the pandemic process, was opened with a ceremony. Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer, CHP Izmir deputies Ednan Arslan, Tacettin Bayır, Kani Beko, CHP Izmir Provincial President Deniz Yücel, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, attended the opening of the Pandemic Heroes Monument, which was placed in the 14 July Democracy Martyrs Square as part of the 15 March Medicine Day events. Deputy Mustafa Özuslu, Secretary General of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Dr. Buğra Gökçe, Mayor of Konak Abdül Batur, Mayor of Menderes Mustafa Kayalar, Mayor of Karaburun İlkay Girgin Erdoğan, Mayor of Beydağ Feridun Yılmazlar, İzmir Provincial Health Director Specialist Dr. Hüseyin Bozdemir, İzmir Medical Chamber President Lütfi Çamlı, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality bureaucrats, general managers of companies affiliated to İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, health workers, council members, political party representatives and citizens attended.
“Our doctors belong to this land”
President Soyer, reminding that the health workers who are at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic have paid the greatest price, said, “This monument is a modest symbol of our debt of loyalty. I know that no matter what we do, we cannot repay the sacrifices of healthcare workers. For this reason, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has tried to hug Izmir's health workers since the first day of the pandemic. We dedicate this work to health workers who have faced all kinds of difficulties during the pandemic process. Izmir and Anatolia are one of the places where modern medicine was born first in the world. The first doctors of the world were trained in these lands and healed in war and peace. Don't be offended by anyone. Our doctors belong to these lands. These lands also belong to the physicians. We will continue to do our best not to allow a single physician or health worker to leave these lands. We will continue to stand behind each of them until the end," he said.
Stating that they organized a Turkey-wide competition in September 2020 to determine the monument's project, its Chairman Tunç Soyer said, “Our jury chose this project belonging to Barış Resistance Altınay among eleven works. It was decided to build our monument, which represents the doctor, nurse and filiation team.”
“We are here, we are not going anywhere”
Izmir Medical Chamber President Op. Dr. Lütfi Çamlı said, “We lost 553 of our friends due to this preventable disease. They could not go home for days and nights. They put up a relentless fight against the pandemic. Many municipalities, especially Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, showed solidarity with health workers. We will protect our labor, our profession, our future and our country. We are here, we are not going anywhere.
Health and Social Service Workers' Union (SES) İzmir Branch Co-Representative Erkan Batmaz thanked President Tunç Soyer for his support, especially regarding accommodation and transportation, and said, “This monument has given us hope in the darkness. It has shown the neglected effort of health workers, albeit a bit.”
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Eşrefpaşa Hospital Chief Physician Op. Dr. Kadir Devrim Demirel, on the other hand, emphasized that they had a very heavy pandemic and said, "Three years ago, doctors said that we will find the solution for this. Science has given us the vaccine. We are not hopeless,” he said. Kazım Acar, Deputy Chairman of the Nurses Association İzmir Branch, also thanked those who contributed to the monument.