Hospitals in northern Syria running out of medical supplies amid fight against ISIS

A makeshift hospital after what local activists said was an airstrike carried out by government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, near Damascus, Syria, in October. Photo: Muhammad Badra/EPA

ARA News 

KOBANE – A doctor at Kobane’s Amal hospital said they might be forced to close the hospital due to the lack of supplies and the huge influx of injured civilians from Manbij, where fighting continues between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forcers (SDF) and militants of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Idris Sheikho, a doctor at the Amal hospital said that there is “a huge crisis”. “There are a lot of injured people, and before the medical supplies were limited, but now the injured civilians came we almost have no medicine,” he told ARA News.

The Kurdish doctor called on the international community to help.

“We are running out of medicines, while there is no new medicine coming from outside. It’s now necessary that a road will be opened so medicine can enter the region.  Turkey does not allow medicines to enter Kobane, also in Iraq there are difficulties for medicine to enter Rojava [Syria’s Kurdish region],” Sheikho said.

The source added that even in the main hospital of Qamishli there is a lack of medicines.

“Without medicines we can’t treat patients,” the doctor told ARA News. “We now have 400 to 500 injured people from Manbij, including heavily injured, but unfortunately we cannot provide them with the necessary treatments,” he said. 

Also, the field hospital in Abu Qalqal district in Manbij countryside north of Aleppo suffers shortage of medical supplies, and local doctors complained to ARA News about the lack of medical aid and support.

“Whoever can help us to enter medicines, we would be thankful,” Sheikho said. 

“We don’t know how we can continue to run the [Kobane’s Amal] hospital, if we ran out of medicines. In one month we might have to close the hospital,” he said.

While in the past there was medicine coming from Damascus to northern Syria through the Qamishli airport, this has now stopped. “If there was anywhere we could buy medicine, we would, but there is nowhere to buy from,” the doctor told ARA News. 

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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