Syria

Critical health risks

Taylor-Jade Layne
Production Manager


Concerns are mounting in Syria as the World Health Organization (WHO) declares critical health threats on the countless Syrian civilians who are fleeing conflict-ridden areas.

Idleb, the final area within opposition control, has faced mounting hostilities which forced many innocent civilians to flee their homes. 

An estimated 5 million people have been uplifted and forced to migrate due to the constant bombardments. It has been reported that a minimum of fifty-three health centers have ceased to provide services as of January 1st.

The termination of services has been motivated by the increased threats to security, such as many menacing warning to attack hospitals. The desertion of the area was also a primary reason to cease operations.

Although the closure of these facilities has been motivated by reasonable causes, it nonetheless has had a negative impact on innocent lives. There is much less access to health care for both families that are forced to remain in the area, as well as those who are trying to flee.

It appears that there is also a large decrease in basic medical supplies available for use. Thus, it can be surmised that there is a greater possibility for outbreaks of diseases like measles.

WHO is trying to resolve the issue by introducing more mobile clinics and keeping medical supplies from depleting. However, the demand for medical attention may far exceed the available supply.

Unfortunately, there are more than two million people in need of medical aid and the number continues to rise every day.

Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 09 on February 12th, 2020