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Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Muş MP Gülistan Kılıç Koçyiğit has submitted a parliamentary question regarding the allegation that there is a tuberculosis epidemic among the refugees held in Iğdır Repatriation Center affiliated with the Ministry of Interior's Immigration Authority.
Referring to the allegations recently reported in the press, Kılıç Koçyiğit has stated that almost 35 people, 170 of whom are refugees and the rest are sanitation and security personnel, have the risk of being infected with tuberculosis in the Iğdır Repatriation Center.
Underlining that 700-800 refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan live in the center and 200 of them are women and children, she has also referred to the allegations that over 100 people have contracted the disease so far and some of the patients have been referred to hospitals in Ankara as their conditions of health have deteriorated.
In her parliamentary question, HDP Muş MP Gülistan Kılıç Koçyiğit has directed as series of questions to Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu, including the following:
The Governorship of Iğdır previously released a statement and announced that "though none of its personnel have contracted the disease, they still undergo medical screening as a precaution."
"Two migrants have been diagnosed with the epidemic so far and all migrants with suspected tuberculosis have been quarantined," the Governorship further indicated. (AS/SD)