NES Administration calls for support to counter Covid-19
The Health Commission of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria asks the international community for help in the fight against coronavirus. There is a lack of basic medical equipment, the refugee camps are particularly at risk.
The Health Commission of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria issued an urgent appeal to international community asking for assistance in the fight against the coronavirus.
The statement includes the following;
“The rapid spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the world, and the emergence of confirmed cases in the neighboring countries of Syria, namely Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, as well as Iran, has increased the risk of the virus outbreak in North-East Syria (NES). The IDPs and refugee camps in NES are especially susceptible to the disease. The instability caused by the recent Turkish invasion also aggravates the humanitarian situation.
We have taken precautionary measures, as done by other countries. We imposed curfew, halted work in our institutions, banned gatherings, and closed schools and universities. However, despite all these measures, our region is still under serious threat as we lack the basic equipment and medication to treat the infected, including ventilators and devices for the initial containment of the diseases. In addition, we are in dire need for sterile materials and preventive tools as well as the necessary laboratories.”
The Health Commission of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria appealed to the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the European Union and all international bodies and organizations concerned with health care affairs to assist the regions of the Autonomous Administration of NES in securing medical supplies such as devices, equipment and medications that help limit and control this global pandemic and ensure the lowest possible human losses.