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North Free Doctors Syndicate warns of humanitarian disaster in Northern Syria due to lack of medicine

Editing: Radwan Al-Homsi |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/06/04 12:45

Idlib - SMART

In a statement, the North Free Doctors Syndicate warned of a humanitarian disaster that threatens the lives of people in areas outside Syrian government forces control in Northern Syria due to the lack of medicine and its high prices.

Doctor Muhammad Walid Tamer, head of the syndicate, reported to SMART that Russian and Syrian government forces shelling during the last military campaign, forced medicine factories in the western Aleppo countryside to shot down, resulting in a loss of 85 percent of production capacity in the area.  

Dr. Tamer added that the closure of crossings with neighboring countries due to COVID-19 epidemic worsened the problem, as importing medicine has stopped, especially from Syrian government-controlled areas, which also suffer from the lack of medicine due to the closure of medicine factories.

Pharmacies in the Syrian government forces-controlled areas lack several types of medicine, amidst fear that this shortage will continue and affect other types. This shortage was a result of the declined value of the Syrian pound and its exchange rate against the United States dollar.

Dr. Tamer called on the doctors and pharmacists syndicates, along with all medical parties in Northern Syria, to immediately collaborate in order to provide medicine for patients with chronic diseases, as the lack of medicine is a direct threat to the lives of these patients.

On June 1, 2020, the United Nations sent a convoy of 103 truck carrying humanitarian aid. The convoy entered from Turkey to the Idlib governorate through the Bab al-Hawa crossing. On May 28, 2020, a UN convoy of 90 trucks entered as well to the governorate.

Earlier on Jan. 7, 2020, the UN called to extend the UN Security Council’s 2165 resolution, which allows the entry of humanitarian aid through the Syrian border without the need for a permission from the Syrian government.  

This came after a military camping launched by Russia and the Syrian government forces on Idlib, Hama, Aleppo, and northern Latakia that started from Apr. 26, 2019. The military campaign killed and injured hundreds of civilians, forced about one million people to displace, and destroyed infrastructure, especially hospitals and schools.