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The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Alarming rise in COVID-19 infections in Idlib | Hospitals stop receiving new cases after reaching full capacity

Humanitarian organization suspends aid provided to “al-Rahma Hospital”

SOHR activists have documented the deteriorating situation in north-west Syria region in light of the outbreak of coronavirus and the inability of hospitals to receive more cases, as the number of infections increases daily.

 

The health authorities document hundreds of Delta variant infections daily, where the number of infected people has escalated dramatically since the beginning of August when quarantine centres started to receive unprecedented number of coronavirus cases.

 

Meanwhile, the average number of daily infections has exceeded 1,500 cases in public and private hospitals, which forced these hospitals to stop receiving new COVID-19 cases, after they had reached their full capacity and their quarantine centres had become crowded of infected people.

 

A source in Idlib Health Directorate has told SOHR that the number of infected people rose unexpectedly nearly four weeks ago, where most of the cases were of people infected with the rapidly spreading variant “Delta” which also infected children. The source has also pointed out to the increase in the number of cases which required quarantine in quarantine centres and hospitals.

 

Similarly, the number of cases which required medical treatment in  intensive-care units has also risen.

 

Medical sources have confirmed that the ICUs and rooms in quarantine centres have reached their full capacity since September 7. According to Idlib Health Directorate, the total number of infected cases in north Syria region has reached 58,622.

 

Despite the inability of the medical sector in north-west Syria to contain the disastrous situation and the poor capabilities of the medical staff on ground, Relief International organization has informed the administration of al-Rahma Hospital that they will suspend aid provided to the hospital in September.

 

Al-Rahma Hospital is one of the most important hospitals in west Idlib countryside, as it is located in a populated area which hosts many refugee camps in Darkoush town near the Syria borders with Iskenderun region. Moreover, the hospital includes several medical sections servicing the region’s patients for free.

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