Leishmaniasis infects 35,000 people in Northern and Central Syria

اعداد عبد الله الدرويش | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 17 مارس، 2018 11:30:43 م خبر اجتماعيإغاثي وإنساني صحة

Turkey - SMART

This month, a medical organization documented about 35,000 cases of infection with Leishmaniasis in the countrysides of the Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama governorates, Northern and Central Syria. Leishmaniasis is a disease that affects the skin or internal organs. It is caused by the Leishmania parasite and is transmitted by the bite of sandflies.

The Head of the Leishmaniasis department in the Mentor organization, Dr. Mohammad al-Omar, told SMART that two kinds of Leishmaniasis spread in the area: Cutaneous (skin) Leishmaniasis and Visceral (internal organs) Leishmaniasis. Dr al-Omar added that the disease spreads due to the displacement of the people, dead bodies under the rubble of bombed buildings, the spread of organic waste, and exposed sewers.

Dr. al-Omar explained that the treatment for Cutaneous (skin) leishmaniasis has two stages: topical and muscular. The first stage takes up to eight sessions and the second stage takes 21 injection sessions, where every kilogram of the body weight requires 20mgs of pentavalent antimonials, which is a group of compounds used for the treatment of leishmaniasis. If the patient does not show improvement, the sessions can be repeated.

Last year, the Visceral (internal organs) leishmaniasis, also known as the black fever, spread in the towns of Harem, Salqin, Darkoush, and Azmarin, Northern Idlib, where about 70 cases of infection were registered. The Mentor organization centers monitored and treated the cases, and managed to contain the disease, according to Dr al-Omar.

Dr al-Omar added that the organization has more than 60 centers and mobile clinics specializing in the treatment of leishmaniasis, and the 27 mobile clinics are ready to head to affected areas on short notice. Dr al-Omar said that the organization has everything needed for the treatment.

This is not the first time Leishmaniasis spreads among the people of Northern and Central Syria. The disease spreads due to the buildup of garbage, lack of health care, and sewage water leaking into drinking water due via damaged pipes in the sewage systems.

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اعداد عبد الله الدرويش | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 17 مارس، 2018 11:30:43 م خبر اجتماعيإغاثي وإنساني صحة
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