Idlib, Syria, June 13, 2020. The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) opens a new medical center to quarantine and treat COVID-19 cases and test suspected cases in the city of Idlib, Northern Syria.
On June 14, 2020, the critical care technician at the center, Salah Abu Hajar, said that the center includes an intensive care unit, an intermediate care department and a treatment department. Each of the intensive care unit and the intermediate care department includes ten equipped beds, while the treatment department includes five beds. In addition, the center includes a laboratory, a radiology department, and sterilization section, under the supervision of trained medical workers.
No cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Northern Syria so far. On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 177 cases, amidst international warnings about the risk of COVID-19 spreading among Syrians.
Characters: Salah Abu Hajar, the critical care technician at the center. Mustafa al-Salloum, the head of the intermediate care department.