Lack of support threatens to close medical center in Northern Hama

Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Hasan Borhan | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 2, 2019, 12:31:44 AM wire SOCIETYRELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Health

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On Tuesday, the administration of the only medical center in the city of Mourek, 27 kilometers north of Hama, Central Syria, said that the lack of support threatens to close the center, depriving 20,000 civilians from receiving medical care.

Tarek Qasem, the manager of the center, said that the center lacks medicine and equipment including an echo device, EEG, and scale for newborn babies.

Qasem added that the Free Hama Health Directorate and humanitarian organizations promised the administration to provide support, however, they did not deliver on their promises.

Qasem said that the center's staff has been working voluntarily for a year, adding that local residents and forcibly displaced people in Mourek and nearby villages benefit from the center. 

Qasem noted that the center has a children's ward, women's ward, internal diseases ward, and natural childbirth ward. Qasem added that the center treats the skin disease leishmania, burns and has an emergency room. Qasem said that the center's medical staff includes an internist, a pediatrician, two laboratory technicians, a pharmacist, and nurses.

The patient Rami al-’Awadd said that the center provides treatment for free and saves patients from having to travel to the nearest medical clinic in the city of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib.

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.

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Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Hasan Borhan | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 2, 2019, 12:31:44 AM wire SOCIETYRELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Health
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