Syrian strife takes toll on children
- The never ending conflict in Syria has nearly destroyed the healthcare system affecting the health of children.
- Dysfunctional hospitals, fleeing doctors have resulted in a surge in infections, including polio as facilities have either been destroyed or damaged.
- Aleppo, where 2500 doctors were required, is left with only 25 as many doctors fled the country.
- Syria’s health system is now in such disarray:
- metal bar are being used as an alternative to anesthetics
- old cloth instead of bandages
- children’s limbs are being amputated due to shortage of equipment
- new born dying due to power cuts
- shortage of staff
- Vaccination programme is also in disarray, reducing from 91% to 68% now.
- Polio has affected nearly 80000 in Syria, making a comeback after it was eradicated in 1995.
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