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Syrian Interim Government prepares hospital with ICU to face COVID-19, northern Aleppo

Editing: Hazem Halak |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2020/05/22 08:40

Aleppo - SMART

On Thursday, the Health Minister of the Syrian Interim Government, Maram al-Sheikh said that the Health Ministry prepares to open a hospital with an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to face coronavirus (COVID-19) in the city of Azaz,  43 kilometers north of Aleppo, Northern Syria.

Al-Sheikh said on Twitter that the ministry will open the hospital that includes 30 equipped beds, in cooperation with the Aleppo Health Directorate. Al-Sheikh added that the hospital includes social distancing units and a PCR device. 

Al-Sheikh noted that the World Health Organization supplied Northwestern Syria with 35 ventilators and protective equipment for medical staff. Al-Sheikh added that the ministry hopes the response plan will be completed soon.

On May 19, 2020, Al-Sheikh emphasized that no cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Northwestern Syria. 

On March 22, 2020, the Syrian government officially registered the first case of COVID-19 in its controlled areas. Later, the registered cases gradually increased to reach 58, except for the cases that the Syrian government does not announce, amidst warnings that COVID-19 poses a significant risk to all Syrians. 

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 5.1 million people until May 20, 2020, about 329,000 of them died, according to the Johns Hopkins University's statistics.

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.