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Professionals associations to set up field hospital for Syrians injured in Daraa

Over 250 nurses and doctors volunteered to operate field hospital, which is expected to start running in few days

By Mohammad Ghazal - Jul 05,2018 - Last updated at Jul 05,2018

Syrians have been receiving treatment at Jordanian military medical outpost near the Jordanian-Syrian joint border recently (Reuters photo)

AMMAN — A fully-equipped field hospital will be set up “within a few days” by the country’s professionals associations near the borders with Syria to treat displaced injured Syrians in need of treatment.

Meanwhile, the UNHCR said the needs of the displaced population are increasing by the day, adding that around 60,000 of the total 270,000 displaced Syrians in the south, are currently at the Jaber-Nasib borders with Jordan.

“We have received necessary approvals from all concerned authorities to set up the field hospital and we are awaiting their response about the location of the hospital, which seeks to reduce pressure on a military medical facility currently providing medical aid to injured and displaced Syrians flocking to the south of Syria at the borders with Jordan,” Bilal Azzam, a board member of the Jordan Medical Association, said on Wednesday.

More than 250 nurses and doctors volunteered to operate the field hospital, which is expected to start running in a few days, added Azzam, who is also the supervisor of the project to set up the hospital.

The Jordanian Construction Contractors Association said it will prepare the necessary infrastructure and set up the hospital, which will consist of fully-equipped tents, as a donation.

Meanwhile, the JMA will donate the necessary equipment and the Jordan Pharmacists Association will donate medical supplies.

“Several hospitals and medical centres went out of service in the Daraa and south of Syria following the strikes and displaced Syrians are flocking to the borders. The injured are in need of treatment…the field hospital will include an emergency room, operations rooms and doctors from various specialties,” Azzam stressed, adding: “The displaced Syrians, in coordination with the concerned authorities, will be treated in the field hospitals and then sent back to the Syrian territories after receiving necessary treatment.” 

“The situation in Daraa is very difficult and we want to help the Syrians as much as we can…The number of volunteers who will work at the field hospital is rising,” he added.

Rula Amin, senior communication adviser and spokesperson of the UNHCR office of the director of the MENA Bureau, said the need for aid is “growing”.

“The needs of the displaced population are increasing by the day… the UN is sending further supplies to the border areas to assist in distributions within Syria along the border with Jordan in coordination with the Jordanian authorities,” Amin told the Jordan Times.

Supplies include food, bottled water and water tanks, hygiene and dignity kits, basic and shelter items and mobile medical assistance and equipment. The UN is providing aid to the Jordanian side of the crossing which is then transported by Syrian NGOs to the Syrian side for distribution, she added.

“The UN is also facilitating the government of Jordan’s access to medical assistance for the war wounded; in collaboration with the Jordanian Royal Medical Service, patients are being provided with healthcare at the Free Zone area through a mobile clinic with ambulance availability.  The United Nations and partners are also supporting in the assessment and referral of extremely urgent medical cases for treatment in Jordanian hospitals,” she added, stressing “in spite of the assistance the UN agencies provided, there is a need for more”.

UN agencies must be able to access southern Syria through cross-line and cross border operations, she said on behalf of the UN, calling on all parties to immediately grant access and cease hostilities to allow the safe passage of the convoys.

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