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Situation of Syria’s Healthcare Sector

Syria Times conducted an interview with the Ministry Ministry of Health’s Assistant Director of Planning and International Cooperation Wiam Saker.

Q. What are the numbers of the Ministry of Health’s hospitals, doctors, and technical workers in Syria today? has this changed since before 2011?

A. Today, the Ministry of Health runs 98 hospitals and commissions ‘independent hospitals’ in addition to 2 hospitals that are going to be opened, Al-Shahba’ Hospital in Sweida Governorate and the second hospital is the General Organization of the Children's Hospital in Tartous governorate which was officially opened on September 21st  by the Syrian Prime Minister Eng. Emad Khamis.

The Ministry also runs 1864 Health Centers in the country including the dialysis, thalassemia and tuberculosis centers.

The numbers of doctors who are working for the Ministry of Health 7052.In 2019. In 2011 there were 9000 doctors. The technical workers in 2018 were about 6500, in 2011three are more than 10.000 workers.

Under the Patronage of President al-Assad, Prime Minister inaugurates the Children's Hospital in Tartous

On September 21, Under the patronage of President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister Eng. Emad Khamis inaugurated the General Organization of the Children's Hospital in Tartous governorate.

Director General of the Organization of the Children's Hospital Dr. Yasser Joreh briefed Eng. Khamis and the accompanying delegation on the Hospital, pointing out that it provides diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical medical care to the patients as well as the educational and training role.

Syria will import 1000 medical devices from Iran

The Ministry of health is working to import 1000 medical devices from Iran through the Credit Line between Syria and Iran.

The medical devices due to be imported will meet the needs of hospitals and health centers affiliated to the Ministry.

The medical devices include 400 ventilators for newborn babies and 300 others for children and elders, 150 laryngoscope devices, 100 anesthesia machines, 10 eye laser devices, 25 portable Radiography devices which are used to diagnose or treat patients by recording images of the internal structure of the body to assess the presence or absence of disease and 15 autoclaves which are machines that use steam under pressure to kill harmful bacteria.

Campaign to Encourage Breastfeed

The World Health Organization recommended that, breastfeeding should be in the first six months of child’s life and continue with Complementary Food until the child reaches 2 years of age.

Dr. Fadi Kassis, Director of Health Care at the Ministry of Health in Syria said: according to the World Health Organization (WHO), breastfeeding provides all the child nutrients needs in the first months of a baby’s life.

"In addition to that breastfeeding reduces children’s death by common childhood illnesses, Kassis said."

The Family Planning Association launched an awareness campaign targeting women in its centers in Sweida to encourage breastfeeding. It includes sessions, symposiums and lectures on the benefits of breastfeeding for mother and child.

Leishmaniasis in Syria

Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by parasites of the Leishmania type. It is spread by the bite of certain types of sand- flies. People get infected with this disease by three main ways: cutaneous, mucocutaneous, or visceral leishmaniasis.  The symptoms are: Skin ulcers, and fever.