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Syria Response Coordinators Team appeals to Turkey to allow patients to cross border

Editing: Hazem Halak |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2020/05/20 08:54

Idlib - SMART 

On Wednesday, the Syria Response Coordinators Team appealed to the Turkish government to allow Syrian patients with critical condition to cross the Bab al-Hawa border crossing.

In a statement, the team called on the Turkish government to resume admitting medical cases in Turkish hospitals. The team added that the medical situation is poor in Northwestern Syria due to the Syrian government forces’ bombings that destroyed dozens of hospitals and medical clinics.

The team noted that the current medical situation requires urgent actions to treat emergency cases. The team said that the number of patients who need to be transferred to Turkey increased, as the Turkish authorities closed the border crossing two month ago, as a procedure to fight coronavirus (COVID-19).

On May 14, 2020, doctor Ikram Haboush, who works in Idlib, warned of the danger of a continuous declining of medical sector situation, especially amidst the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the area. Haboush stated that a large number of newborns are at risk due to the lack of incubators.

Earlier, UNICEF said that it documented 227 attacks on main infrastructure that provide services for children such as schools and hospitals, mostly in Northwestern Syria.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 4.9 million people until May 20, 2020, more than 324,000 of them died, according to the John Hopkins University. 

COVID-19 is an infectious disease, caused by SARS-CoV-2, that spreads from person-to-person and by respiratory droplets. These droplets fall on surrounding surfaces, so other people could be infected when they touch these surfaces by touching their eyes, noses, or mouths. People could be infected if they inhale droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it is important to keep a one-meter distance (three feet) away from infected people.

Infection symptoms include body aches, blocked nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. The symptoms begin as mild and develop gradually. Some people become infected without showing any symptoms and without feeling ill. About 80% of infected people recover from the disease without any special treatment.