Syria: Medical staff mobilizing all efforts to address medical needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Dera’a governorate News

Syria: Medical staff mobilizing all efforts to address medical needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Dera’a governorate

Syria: Medical staff mobilizing all efforts to address medical needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Dera’a governorate

It has been one week since the commencement of the military offensive in Dera’a governorate, which has led to a massive wave of displaced civilians. Health center staff, supported by Médecins du Monde, are continuing their immense efforts to take care of IDPs fleeing airstrikes and military activities. Medical personnel are working tirelessly amidst the crisis, to respond to the needs of the Syrian people.  Most of the time the health staff are working at the cost of their own life and security.

As one member of the medical team stated: “In this situation of emergency, we have formed a complete medical team composed of a doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse, a logistician, and a staff member in charge of documenting the situation. The team visited a group of schools hosting about 40 families with approximately 150 people.The outcome of our visits is that the elderly members of the community are provided with necessary medications for chronic conditions which can otherwise prove life threatening (diabetes, blood pressure etc). Essential medications are also provided to care for the wellbeing of newborns and young children. Persons who have been injured during the military offensive are provided life-saving treatment and follow-up. Also, given the heightened risks of communicable and infectious diseases, information is provided to displaced persons and their families with the aim to stem the spread of disease and improve overall health and wellbeing.”