News ID: 57825
Published: 1156 GMT December 21, 2014

WHO: Syria grapples with spreading diseases

WHO:  Syria grapples with spreading diseases

The World Health Organization (WHO) says one million people have been injured during the conflict in Syria, warning about the spread of dangerous diseases across the country.


According to the WHO’s Syria representative, Elizabeth Hoff, the vaccination rates in the Arab country plummeted to 52 percent in 2014 from 90 percent before the crisis while contaminated water has led to the advance of typhoid and hepatitis, Press TV repoted.

“In Syria, they have a million people injured as a direct result of the war. You can see it in the country when you travel around. You see a lot of amputees,” said Hoff, adding, “This is the biggest problem.”

She said the country’s health system has fallen apart, causing treatments for illnesses and injuries to become irregular as more than half of public hospitals are out of service.

The situation has worsened since regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients in the crisis-hit country.

Over 6,500 people have been diagnosed with typhoid this year across Syria while 4,200 cases of measles have been reported, Hoff said.

New diseases have also appeared in Syria, including myiasis, which is a tropical sickness spread by flies.

The UN on Thursday called for over USD 8.4 billion to assist around 18 million people in Syria and across the region next year.

Hoff, meanwhile, highlighted that the UN health agency delivered over 13.5 million treatments of lifesaving medicines and medical supplies in 2014, which indicated a nearly threefold rise from 2013.

The UN says over 200,000 people have lost their lives in the conflict that has gripped Syria since March 2011.


Resource: Press TV
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