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Lack of support threatens to close hospital in southern Idlib

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Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2019/01/15 12:45

Idlib - SMART

Lack of support threatens to close the hospital of the town of Tal Minis in southern Idlib, Northern Syria, depriving 150,000 civilians, most of them women and children, from receiving medical care.

On Monday, the medical manager of the hospital Ibrahim Sabagh said that the organization Relief International stopped its support of the hospital three months ago, leading to a lack of medicine and equipment. The hospital expects to run out of means by the end of January 2019.

Sabagh added that 90 doctors and nurses work as volunteers in the hospital and that they can continue work until the end of January. After January, the hospital will be at risk of closure.

Sabagh noted that they requested support from the Free Idlib Health Directorate and different organizations, but received no guarantees.

In December 2018, the administration of the hospital in the village of Shanan (26 kilometers south of Idlib) appealed to humanitarian organizations for support to provide medical care for 72,000 people.

The medical sector in areas outside of the Syrian government's control in Northern Syria faces difficulties such as Syrian government forces and Russian bombings on medical facilities and violations committed by different armed parties, as well as the lack of support.