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Repression in Syria affects medical services and leave patients without care

MSF still waiting for permission to enter the country. Doctors fear for the safety of patients and health professionals

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The Syrian regime is carrying out a ruthless campaign of repression against the wounded during demonstrations and health professionals who try to treat them, said a medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) last week.

Without being able to work directly in Syria, MSF collected testimonies of injured patients treated outside the country and doctors inside Syria. The testimonies, collected from various people in different parts of the country, reveal a repression to offer emergency medical care to the wounded during the current wave of violence in Syria. Today in Syria injured patients and doctors are persecuted and at risk of being tortured and imprisoned by the security services, said Marie-Pierre Allie, president of MSF in France. The medicine is being used as an instrument of persecution.

Most injuries do not go to public hospitals, for fear of being tortured or imprisoned. Many, when they are admitted, they use false names to hide their identity. In some cases, doctors give a false diagnosis to help patients avoid the security forces, seeking patients with wounds that may have been caused during protests and demonstrations.

It is essential that the Syrian authorities reestabeleçam the neutrality of health facilities, said Marie-Pierre Allie. Hospitals need to be protected areas where patients are treated without discrimination and protected from abuse and torture, and where health workers do not risk their lives to fulfill their professional code of ethics.

The wounded are treated extensively in underground plants, set up by doctors trying to do his duty and commitment to medical care. Makeshift health clinics are being installed in homes, farms and other places, these places, known as mobile hospitals, simple rooms receive equipment for surgery and are transformed into operating rooms. The conditions of hygiene and sterilization are rudimentary and anesthesia is scarce. Moreover, the mere possession of drugs and basic medical supplies such as gauze, is considered a crime.

"The security services attack and destroy the mobile hospitals," said a doctor who requested anonymity. "They enter houses looking for drugs and medical supplies.

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Safety is a primary concern for physicians working in parallel networks. In the climate of terror that takes care of the country, the treatment must be provided quickly, since both the medical staff when patients need to constantly change locations to avoid being discovered.

"We are constantly being chased by security forces," said another doctor. "Many physicians who treated injured patients in their private hospitals were imprisoned and tortured. It is extremely difficult to treat cases of severe trauma and provide postoperative care. In addition, health professionals who are working illegally do not have access to the central blood bank , which is controlled by the Ministry of Defense of Syria - the only supplier of blood in the country.

Only a few injured patients could find refuge in neighboring countries where they can receive appropriate medical care, even if late. In the current circumstances, the assistance of MSF to the Syrians who need medical care is limited. For months, MSF is seeking official permission to help the wounded in Syria, so far without success. The organization is treating patients outside of Syria and supporting networks of doctors within the country, with supply of medicines, medical supplies and surgical kits and transfusion. Read more about this in the interview with the director general of MSF in Geneva.

Source: MSF
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