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Two toddlers died in besieged Rukban camp as treatment blocked: medics

Syrian Refugees | 2018-10-09 04:22:54
Two toddlers died in besieged Rukban camp as treatment blocked: medics
   Infant Huda Raslan lost her life due to lack of treatment
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Two toddlers passed way in the deserted Rukban camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border as the stranded refugees have been blocked from getting urgent medical care, medics told Zaman al-Wasl Monday.

The UNICEF medical point, Jordanian authorities and the Syrian regime have refused to give an access for sick people, especially children, said Yazan Mahmoud, member of the administrative staff at Cham Medical Centre.

Infant Munaf al-Hammoud, 14-month-old, and baby girl Huda Raslan have lost their lives due to lack of medical equipment and medical staff.

The humanitarian crisis inside the camp has sparked concerns and fears of the about 75,000 people based in the Rukban camp.

UNICEF, which is the only official and working medical point in the camp, has been closed for about two weeks, causing the death of four poeple due to the inability of emergency staff to treat them, according to Mahmoud.

The Rukban camp, that lies along the demilitarized berm between Jordan and Syria, is a completely arid remote area inhabited by 75,000 Syrian refugees since 2014.

The most current and growing concern among the medical staff working in the Rukban is the diseases affecting children, not to mention the dozens of cesarean sections that require doctors, medical supplies and medicines that are not available in any of the medical centers located in Rukban camp. 

The Cham Medical Center offers some types of treatment for displaced families in Rukban camp, relying on the few medical facilities already in its possession. But the Center suffers from a severe shortage of equipment and medicines that are necessary to treat many of the diseases affecting the children of the camp.

Zaman Al Wasl
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