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Daraa doctors hope Jordan opens borders for medical aid

Syrian Refugees | 2017-03-19 03:45:53
Daraa doctors hope Jordan opens borders for medical aid

(Eqtsad)- The systematic destruction and targeting field hospitals by the Syrian regime forces and Russian warplanes in Daraa province, has led to putting a large number of field hospitals out of service, causing a dramatic decline of health services provided to people.

The rise in the prices of medications coming from areas of the Syrian regime has exacerbated the situation, as prices have exponentially increased added to scarcity of some medicines, especially antibiotics and drugs of chronic diseases.

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A medical source of liberated Daraa explained to Eqtsad: "The Syrian regime, Russian and allied forces had deliberately targeted hospitals to deprive rebels and residents in liberated areas of medical support, which contradict all the all international agreements in this regard, as it is stated to keep hospitals and medical institution away from armed conflict".

The source detailed that regime forces and Russian warplanes have destroyed more than a dozen hospitals during last year to revenge from rebels after launching the battle of “Death but not Disgrace” in al-Mansheyah, the strategic neighborhood in the city of Daraa.

Six years into Syria's war, rebel areas face deepening medical crisis

Dr. Murad Hilal, responsible for the health sector at the city Council of liberated Daraa province stressed that medical services in Deraa are at their lowest level due to the ongoing war in the country for six years and targeting hospital easily by the regime forces and allies.

War has battered Syria's once robust healthcare system. Hundreds of medical staff have been killed, and more than half the country's 30,000 doctors have fled, according to Physicians for Human Rights.

The New York-based group has documented at least 400 attacks on medical facilities over the past six years, blaming most on the Syrian government and its Russian allies. Islamic State and various rebel groups have also hit hospitals, it says.

Dr. Hilal explained that closing the Jordanian side of the border with Syria had significant and direct effects on the medical and health situation in the province, as many injured people died on the border due to banning admission in Jordanian hospitals, confirming that many evidences are available for such incidences.

"We hope that Jordan deals with southern of Syria in a way similar to the way that Turkey deals with the liberated areas in northern of Syria, where it allows in the medical and therapeutic supplies besides medical teams coming from Europe and other organizations, while Jordan prevents such things, which resulted in lacking lots of medical equipment essential for procedure like cardiac catheterization and fine surgical equipment besides other essential diagnostic and therapeutic equipments”, Dr. Hilal detailed.

Pharmacist Qusay explained that the regime’s Ministry of Health system had raised the prices of most drugs produced locally which hardened people’s ability to buy their medications, added to the cost of transporting drugs to Daraa and briberies and fees had to be paid on barriers.

The pharmacist explained: “Sweida is the main source of medication for Daraa, similar to other food and goods, but still, prices are too high and vary from pharmacy to another, and from area to area”.

Abu Ahmed, a 60 Diabetic man told Eqtsad: “We used to visit the health centre in our area and receive medication for free, but now these services have significantly reduced and am no longer able to receive my diabetes regulation medications from any organization, and in private pharmacies prices are too high, and I am no able to afford for buying them”.

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