Two Infants Die this Week in Besieged Al Ghouta from Lack of Medication and Malnutrition

ghouta.pngWashington DC- The medical situation in
Ghouta is deteriorating rapidly, as two more
infants died this week from lack of
medication and malnutrition. Maram, a one
year old, died from lack of medication for
renal failure. Another baby, Mutasam, also
one, died from lack of medication and
malnutrition. A total of five infants have died
in the past few weeks either from
malnutrition or inadequate access to medical
care and medications.

Further complicating the situation, Al Ghouta
was under a fierce bombardment this week,
as there were reports of napalm being used
in civilian areas, which is prohibited by
international law. Yesterday, an ambulance
was attacked while serving injured civilians.
On November 8, three medical facilities in
Ghouta were attacked.
Dar Ashifaa Hospital in Hamouriya was
damaged but remains partially operating.
A children’s nursery beside the hospital was
hit and was completely destroyed.
The Medical Office of Harasta was partially
damaged.
A private physiotherapy clinic in Sakba was
completely destroyed.
As winter approaches, the situation in
besieged Ghouta is getting worse by the day.
Many are suffering from malnutrition. Another 560 patients are suffering from chronic diseases
with little or no medications available to help them. Many medications that are available are
expired, and supply routes that were used to restock medications/ supplies into Ghouta were
destroyed.
There is a shortage in vaccines, especially for tuberculosis and the measles.
There are 32 patients not receiving adequate dialysis treatment and 156 patients are not
receiving cancer treatment. Preventable deaths are on the rise due to a shortage of
postoperative care.
Kathleen Rowan, CEO of UOSSM USA said, " The situation in Ghouta is unimaginable, babies
dying of hunger as the world turns a blind eye. We call on the international community to allow
humanitarian organizations immediate access to this area before more lives are lost that could
have been prevented."
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