Saudi efforts ease Syrians’ suffering

Syrian girls attend a class at a refugee camp school. (Reuters)

Syrian girls attend a class at a refugee camp school. (Reuters)

Syrian residents in the Kingdom have expressed appreciation for Saudi efforts aimed at enhancing health services to Syrian refugees in the Zaatari Camp in Jordan. More than 12,871 patients have been treated there since January this year.

They also lauded the makeshift Saudi-sponsored clinics and medical teams in the camp that is home to around 150,000 Syrian refugees according to official figures revealed by the Jordan government.

The Saudi specialized clinics are part of the national campaign efforts aimed at supporting the Syrian refugees and to provide health care to the camp residents.

Dr. Bader Samhan, regional director of the Saudi national campaign to support the Syrian brothers, said these clinics have conducted 569 laboratory tests, 121 X-rays and issued 80,416 medical prescriptions since the beginning of 2014, adding that the Saudi clinics have also provided medical treatment to over 1,500 patients suffering from chronic diseases.

Samhan said specialized health centers at the Zaatari refugee camp comprise 11 medical clinics including specialized cardiology, dermatology and surgery units, adding that the clinics also include facilities to handle minor surgeries.

“The medical staff at the Saudi clinics receives between 600 and 700 patients every day,” Samhan said.

“None of them leave without receiving the proper treatment and medication. The clinics also follow-up on the injured persons who undergo major surgeries in foreign hospitals,” he said.

“Our clinics also conduct health programs, awareness campaigns on regular basis and have established a specialized unit for psychological support especially for traumatized children from the violence they had to endure in their country before they fled to neighboring countries,” he said.

“There is a laboratory section, radiology department, pharmacy, and a department to follow up on pregnant women. There are also four dental clinics run in partnership with the Jordan Medical Association and supervised by specialists most of whom are Syrians due to their ability to deal with their families and fellow citizens with the greater attention and care,” he said.

“The war in Syria has resulted in many Syrian refugees developing physical and mental disabilities,” said Thamer Ashlash, president of the Revolutionary Command Council in Deir Al-Zour, the sixth largest city in Syria.

“Several of these patients at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan got free specialized medical services, while the clinics which have been provided by the Saudi government offer various treatments for most diseases,”Ashlash, a Jeddah resident, told Arab News.

Riyadh Al-Halabi, a Syrian worker in Jeddah said, “The Saudi government is providing an array of medical services to Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.”

Many elderly Syrians, women and children in the camp are grateful to the Saudi medical services for the high quality service provided to them.

The Kingdom has shown its utmost care and concern to ensure that the Syrian war victims are receiving high quality treatment, he added.

“Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia, consistently provide support for Syrian refugees, but this support needs to be stepped up because their numbers are ever-increasing and current resources are insufficient to meet this demand,” Waleed Mustafa, a Syrian expat in Jeddah, said.





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