Bratislava (Gaziantep), 6th June 2016 – 5000 people were killed in Syria during the month of May. The majority of victims are civilians – women and children. There is less and less of safety zones and people are escaping to remote areas, where they have no access to health care, food and basic needs. The attacks on hospitals and health centres keep repeating. MAGNA medical team is luckily safe and continues to provide medical aid north from city of Homs. Coordinator Karin Slováková informs from turkish-syrian borders:
„We operate north from Homs – in area of about 200 internally dispaced inhabitants. Doctors complain about the intricate situation. The places of bombings are unpredictable. The borders of besieged areas are in constant move. The safe zones are decreasing. The acces to health care decays and therefore the need of mobile clinics operation that may actively provide medical care in the affected areas is even more urgent,“ describes the situation coordinator of mission in Syria.
In these days some of the parts in Syria received humanitarian convoys. First convoys since 2012. Despite this fact, the lack of medical material and medicines persists. Thanks to help from Slovakia, MAGNA currently supplies health centres and mobile clinic with medicines and medical material and the medical MAGNA team may straight away go to remote areas. „Because of complex and worsening safety situation people are afraid to leave their homes and even go out to the street which complicates the humanitarian aid delivery,“ explains Karin her concerns and adds, „with our team we are looking for the most effective ways of how to help to victims of this war.“ MAGNA medical team of mobile clinic consists of five members except the driver – doctor, nurse, midwife, psychologist and nutritionist if needed. They carry the necessary medicines not only for emergency but for chronic diseases as well.
Hospitals, health care centers and medical staff are still the major target of bombings. „During the bombings of city Idlib on 31st May they were targeting at the hospital. However they striked resident houses and killed more than 30 people. According to doctors those were mainly children and women,“ adds Karin Slováková and continues: „Hospitals are losing supplies of medicines and medical material. Medical staff is moving out from the destroyed buildings. Medical and health care staff are in life threatening situation. Luckily so far we have no loss in MAGNA medical team. We are very strict about the safety issues. The mobility of civilians is limited. Shooting into people gathered on markets or to pupils at schools is usual. „People are hiding in ruined houses and are fleeing more into the village remote areas, where they have no access to food or health care. People suffer from hunger,“ says Karin Slováková her experience from past days.