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Despite corruption and difficulties, Kasrah hospital receives dozens of patients every day

Local | 2019-06-08 19:53:34
Despite corruption and difficulties, Kasrah hospital receives dozens of patients every day
(Zaman Al Wasl)- With the onset of summer, some diseases become to spread in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor as al-Kasrah hospital records 40 cases of diarrhea and fever in children daily.

A medical source reported receiving more than 75 cases of diarrhea and fever among children in two days in Al-Kasrah hospital, despite the difficult conditions, pointing to the spread of chickenpox due to water pollution, air pollution and lack of awareness among most mothers.

The source said that the hospital suffers from a shortage of qualified medical personnel and scarcity of most of the medicine required to treat these diseases, and despite this lack, they are doing their best.

Dr. Tariq al-Hassan said in a video statement that they receive many cases of renal insufficiency, whether chronic or severe. While the latter can be treated clinically, with chronic impairment, kidneys become too damaged and the patient needs dialysis, that is not available in the hospital, so they are send to other hospitals. The doctor added that the hospital will needs 4 dialysis machines, pointing out the availability of laboratory and imaging services and other medical services.

Al-Kasrah National Hospital is the only 24-hour hospital since November 2017 between the cities of Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, providing free services to the majority of the population and the military through a group of surgical doctors and some experienced nurses. However, medical errors have become more frequent recently, along with corruption in the importation of medication close to their expiration dates.

The hospital staff, which worked for two months without pay, consisted of 4 pediatricians, 3 doctors of internal medicine, 2 gynecologists, 4 neurologists, general and orthopedic surgery, as well as 4 surgical assistants, 15 nurses and 3 anesthesiologists.

Since the beginning of 2018, the hospital has received money and support from Medical Relief, which has contracted some of the specialist doctors who were not available for more than $1,000 a week for about 48 hours and about half of that to the contracted nurses, who, according to the residents, do not follow to their scheduled shifts.

Residents said that despite the free service, the midwives in the maternity wing impose inspection fees on them, while the hospital administration overlooks this under the pretext of their obtaining "Helwan" (present; gift or tip) from the parents of the newborn.

-Expired Medication-

Our medical source says that the hospital pharmacy director Ahmed al-Omair along with the administrative director and one of the nurses are presenting fake offers on behalf of drug warehouses to enter the bids announced by the Health Committee of the Deir Ezzor Council, to place the bids on them or on Sham, Taqwa and al-Khair warehouses. In reality, the real source of medicine is al-Taqwa warehouse in Raqqa.

Because the expiration time of these drugs is short (about one month), they buy them at a cheap price, while on bills they are at normal or high prices. Take for example, Dixa, an injection purchased from the warehouse at only 25 SYP, but on the receipt, it is 200 SYP.

The drugs are distributed free of charge to patients of the national hospital, with the exception of non-existing medicines being purchased from outside the hospital. However, according to the source, some have expired and some nurses declined to use them.

Drug stores sell these medicines at a cheap price so as not to be forced to dispose of them weeks later due to expiration. Thus, the medicines are sent to the warehouses of the health committee in Deir al-Zour, to then reach the hospital warehouses way closer to the expiry date to be used for days. Then, the drugs that generate side effects are carried directly by a freight car to be destroyed in Al-Dhahra area near Al-Kasrah, only for the hospital to ask once again for new medicines. This is in the interest of the President of the Council of Deir al-Zour and the Finance and Health Committees and the hospital administration.

In the areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), pharmacies (not operated by pharmacists) with no pharmaceutical license, as well as the spread of forged medical certificates, with the disregard of the authorities in these areas.

Zaman Al Wasl
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