Nine years of conflict have devastated Syria’s health system, which now must face the threat of COVID-19. Hear from our doctors in northeast Syria about how the International Rescue Committee continues to serve displaced families at our health clinics and is working to keep them safe.
Nine years of conflict have devastated Syria’s health system, which now faces the threat of COVID-19.
Northeast Syria only has 10 ventilators in its hospitals to treat COVID-19 cases.
“I am here in the health clinic run by the IRC in Raqqa governorate [region]. We are taking a number of measures to ensure that the coronavirus does not spread.”Despite Syria’s instability, the IRC’s health clinics serve displaced families and educate them about COVID-19.
“Our team checks the temperature of the beneficiaries in the reception area, and when any symptoms of coronavirus are found, we take the necessary measures. We have committed to keeping a distance between beneficiaries, keeping a distance of two meters [six feet] between each beneficiary.”
“Whenever a patient enters the clinic, the data entry officer hands their prescription to the doctor and then directly to the pharmacist so the patient doesn’t have to touch it. As for patients with chronic illnesses, we give them their prescription for a period of two months so they don’t have to keep coming back. The thing that gives me hope in this situation is the beneficiaries’ understanding on the issues of personal hygiene [and] social distancing.”
Displaced people face a heightened risk of COVID-19 and our teams are working to keep them safe.
The IRC helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.Print