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Western Aleppo countryside lacks medicine amidst fears of continuous shortage

Editing: Hosam Saleem |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/06/05 20:51

Aleppo - SMART

Pharmacies in the western Aleppo countryside, Northern Syria, lack several types of medicine, amidst fears that some types will be missing completely.

Abdul Baset Shaiouki, head of the Free Aleppo Health Directorate, reported to SMART that the pharmacies are gradually lacking medicine as a result of the closure of medicine factories or stopping importation from Syrian government-controlled areas. Shaiouki added that this shortage is linked to the economic conditions in the area, in addition to several logistic and administrative issues related to providing the medicine.

Shaiouki clarified that the medicine that are missing in the pharmacies included cancer drugs, viral hepatitis drugs, liver failure drugs, and kidney failure drugs, in addition to drugs for thalassemia and haemophilia.

Shaiouki also said that drugs needed in emergency units, including drugs for myocardial Infarction, and drugs for newborns, became rare in hospitals and pharmacies, adding that drugs for autoimmune disease became also rare.

Shaiouki mentioned that the directorate is seeking to provide alternative solutions in order to respond to this shortage by calling on supportive parties to provide needed medicine.

Earlier, the North Free Doctors Syndicate warned of a humanitarian disaster that threatens the lives of people outside the Syrian government forces’ control in Idlib and Aleppo due to the lack of medicine and its high prices.  

Pharmacies in the Syrian government forces-controlled areas also lack several types of medicine, amidst fear that this shortage will continue to affect other types.