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  • Syria Reports First Case of COVID-19, UOSSM Expects Parabolic Jump In Cases26 Maart 2020
    This weekend the Syrian Government reported their first case of COVID-19 in Damascus (not including Northern Syria). UOSSM projects a significantly higher number of cases that have gone unreported.  Over 80% of the medical infrastructure in Syria is operating at a limited capacity and COVID-19 testing kits are extremely inaccessible. 
    UOSSM predicts a parabolic jump of cases in North Western Syria in the next two weeks. The medical system definitively does not have the capacity to cope with the influx. The UN reports that there are 4,178,480 people in North Western Syria, living in densely populated conditions with little access to healthcare. In Idlib (pop. 3.5+ million) there are 201 ICU beds and only 95 ventilators. 100% of the ventilators are currently in use and not available to treat COVID-19. In North Western Syria there is currently only one PCR Lab. In the past 12 months alone, 85 medical facilities have been attacked and most are currently not functional.  The medical infrastructure cannot handle the existing population needs let alone a wide spread pandemic. Medical staff suffer from a shortage of masks, gloves, gowns, disinfectant, thermal scanners and other medical supplies. 
    Years of war and malnutrition have left many people’s immune systems compromised and the entire population susceptible to drastically higher mortality rates. It is predicted that the transmission rates will be dramatically higher than global averages due to densely populated IDP camps and multiple families living in the same dwelling. 
    “The corona virus will spread through refugee camps like wildfire. The large geriatric population and those with chronic conditions (asthma, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, etc.) are expected to have a very low probability of survival. The international community must make a fair allocation of personal protective equipment and testing kits for Northern Syria.” –Said Dr. Hussam Al Fakir, Chairman of UOSSM International 
    UOSSM’s response: 
    ·      UOSSM’s mobile clinics have made it a top priority to visit communities and educate the population on social distancing, hygiene practices and steps if people are symptomatic. 
    ·      UOSSM has nurse/staff in front of medical facilities to screen patients and direct them to the right area. 
    ·       UOSSM has asked all health workers to attend the WHO online course “Introduction to Emerging Respiratory Viruses, Including Novel Coronavirus”.
    ·      UOSSM’s technical team has trained all health workers in UOSSM PHC centres on the detection of suspected cases, handling of cases, referral of cases, and reporting.
    ·      UOSSM is working in close collaboration with the Idlib Health Directorate to implement a ‘COVID-19 Response Plan’. A few days ago, the Idlib Health Directorate announced the opening of an epidemic surveillance laboratory to carry out PCR tests to identify Covid-19 (testing kits currently unavailable).

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  • Syria Reports First Case of COVID-19, UOSSM Expects Parabolic Jump In Cases26 Maart 2020
    This weekend the Syrian Government reported their first case of COVID-19 in Damascus (not including Northern Syria). UOSSM projects a significantly higher number of cases that have gone unreported.  Over 80% of the medical infrastructure in Syria is operating at a limited capacity and COVID-19 testing kits are extremely inaccessible. 
    UOSSM predicts a parabolic jump of cases in North Western Syria in the next two weeks. The medical system definitively does not have the capacity to cope with the influx. The UN reports that there are 4,178,480 people in North Western Syria, living in densely populated conditions with little access to healthcare. In Idlib (pop. 3.5+ million) there are 201 ICU beds and only 95 ventilators. 100% of the ventilators are currently in use and not available to treat COVID-19. In North Western Syria there is currently only one PCR Lab. In the past 12 months alone, 85 medical facilities have been attacked and most are currently not functional.  The medical infrastructure cannot handle the existing population needs let alone a wide spread pandemic. Medical staff suffer from a shortage of masks, gloves, gowns, disinfectant, thermal scanners and other medical supplies. 
    Years of war and malnutrition have left many people’s immune systems compromised and the entire population susceptible to drastically higher mortality rates. It is predicted that the transmission rates will be dramatically higher than global averages due to densely populated IDP camps and multiple families living in the same dwelling. 
    “The corona virus will spread through refugee camps like wildfire. The large geriatric population and those with chronic conditions (asthma, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, etc.) are expected to have a very low probability of survival. The international community must make a fair allocation of personal protective equipment and testing kits for Northern Syria.” –Said Dr. Hussam Al Fakir, Chairman of UOSSM International 
    UOSSM’s response: 
    ·      UOSSM’s mobile clinics have made it a top priority to visit communities and educate the population on social distancing, hygiene practices and steps if people are symptomatic. 
    ·      UOSSM has nurse/staff in front of medical facilities to screen patients and direct them to the right area. 
    ·       UOSSM has asked all health workers to attend the WHO online course “Introduction to Emerging Respiratory Viruses, Including Novel Coronavirus”.
    ·      UOSSM’s technical team has trained all health workers in UOSSM PHC centres on the detection of suspected cases, handling of cases, referral of cases, and reporting.
    ·      UOSSM is working in close collaboration with the Idlib Health Directorate to implement a ‘COVID-19 Response Plan’. A few days ago, the Idlib Health Directorate announced the opening of an epidemic surveillance laboratory to carry out PCR tests to identify Covid-19 (testing kits currently unavailable).

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  • 500,000 Children Displaced In Idlib, 7 Children Dead From Cold In The Past Month, Worst Since Start Of War21 Februari 2020
    The intense military campaign in North Western Syria has displaced over 900,000 people since December, including an estimated 500,000 children. Freezing weather and a lack of adequate shelter have killed seven children, including one 7 month old child.  From February 1 to the 16th, at least 35 children have been killed by airstrikes and ground based attacks in North Western Syria. 
    “It’s sociopathic and genocidal to continue these military campaigns knowing that there are 500,000 children at risk. This is the worst we have ever seen it in 9 years of war. What’s more sickening is the international community has does nothing to stop this. International law has completely failed and has no credibility. It has failed to hold accountable the perpetrators of war crimes against civilians and medical staff despite oceans of evidence. How can they look at their own children, knowing that they kill children in Syria every day? What if it was your children? The stories we receive about fathers holding their frozen lifeless children will sit on all of our consciences. These people have literally nowhere to go. The violence must stop! True courage and leadership is taking action, not hiding behind a flawed system. ” Said Dr. Hussam Al Fakir, Chairman of UOSSM International.   
    Since December, 72 hospitals, primary healthcare centres, medical facilities and mobile clinics have suspended operations because of targeted airstrikes impacting hundreds of thousands of civilians. This impacts 200 doctors, 300 nurses and 50 midwives. In Atareb and Idlib city, maternal and childcare treatments have stopped functioning.  For the few facilities that are operational, staff are working 18 hour days and are running critically low on medical supplies and medicines. 
    In the strongest terms, UOSSM condemns the violence in North Western Syria and demands an immediate cessation of hostilities. UOSSM requests emergency aid be released without delay, to cope with the massive influx of IDPS, and that every possible measure is taken to protect the 500,000 children in clear and present danger.  

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  • Three Medical Staff Killed Including UOSSM Driver in Targeted Attack on Ambulance in Idlib, Syria15 Februari 2020
    Dallas, Texas- Three medical staff were killed in a targeted attack on an ambulance yesterday. On February 6, 2020 at 8 pm Damascus time, an ambulance with three medical staff was directly attacked as it was headed to provide emergency services to victims of airstrikes in Idlib City. Abdul Rahman Hilal, a UOSSM driver was among those killed. At least three other civilians were killed in the attack and six were wounded. 
    This comes as attacks have intensified in the past few weeks claiming tens of lives and forcing a mass exodus. At least 600,000 have been displaced fleeing attacks since December. 
    Dr. Khaula Sawah, Vic President of UOSSM USA said, “Let’s be clear, this is a war crime Abdul Rahman Hilal, along with two of his colleagues were doing their duty to save lives when the clearly marked ambulance was attacked. This is unacceptable. We call on the international community to stop these crimes and to hold the perpetrators accountable. Our deepest condolences go out to Abdul Rahman’s family, and the rest of the staff who gave their lives selflessly serving others.”
    *Numbers are constantly changing due to situation on the ground.

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  • Four Medical Facilities Attacked Within 24 Hours in Idlib, Syria, Exodus Continues6 Februari 2020
    Four medical facilities were attacked within 24 hours in Idlib, Syria further crippling a devastated health care system in Idlib. Today, at 5:40 pm Damascus time Al Hikma Hospital in Taftanaz Idlib was targeted by a barrel bomb 50 meters from the hospital causing damage and putting the hospital out of service. No casualties were reported. The hospital, supported by UOSSM, was operating on an emergency only basis and provided services to over 4800 patients in January. 
    Today, at 11:35 am Damascus time, Al Nour Hospital in Taftanaz was damaged from bombings around 300 meters away. The hospital sustained minor damages and was put out of service. The same hospital was damaged on Tuesday at 12:25 am Damascus time, by an indirect attack. 
    On Tuesday, February 4 at 10:15 am Damascus time, the Sarmin Primary Health Care Center and Sarmin Hospital were both directly targeted. The facilities sustained major damage and were both put out of service. No casualties were reported. The center provided an average of 4,250 primary healthcare services a month and delivered 60 newborns each month.
    The escalation of violence in civilian neighborhoods has caused a mass exodus from areas of bombardment. In the past 48 hours 40,000 civilians were newly displaced and in the past two months over 600,000 were displaced. It is estimated that half are children. The displaced people are running with nowhere to go and are being exposed to brutal conditions in the cold winter. UOSSM doctors have seen a rise in illnesses as people have no shelter in the cold. 
    The WHO is increasing the number of mobile clinics that can follow the movements of the displaced and are less likely to be attacked. So far in 2020, two separate attacks on health care have been verified; both of them in the northwest, claiming 10 lives and injuring 30.
    UOSSM denounces the continued attacks of medical facilities and demands perpetrators are held accountable for these war crimes. UOSSM also denounces the airstrikes, barrel bombings and artillery strikes on densely populated civilian areas, which has resulted in the displacement of more than 600,000 people.

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