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The Health Sector Situation in NES

By: Idris Khalo

The health sector in NES, just like other sectors, experiences its infrastructure deterioration, weakness and lack of capacities and criteria that qualify it to carry out its tasks. For example, providing service and health care to the local and displaced people in the areas of the Self-Administration. Especially after the detection of many Coronavirus infection cases, which calls for more health care and an integrated and advanced health system of human resources, equipment and medical materials.

The health sector in NES is considered part of the deteriorating Syrian health care system. This sector, which was on the Syrian agenda of marginalization policy even before the revolution started in 2011, lacked modern health facilities in hospitals, health centers, laboratories, medical equipment and devices. Whilst other Syrian governorates had them, which forced many patients in the remote NES areas to travel there, seeking treatment or surgeries.

Until before 2011, the sector lacked health facilities, including hospitals, clinics and health centers. As they were few in number on the one hand and not equipped as required on the other hand. It was not provided with advanced medical equipment and modern devices necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of many critical and intractable disease cases. This sector, like other sectors, was on the agenda of the Syrian policy which worked on marginalizing areas of Al-Hasaka governorate, as the vast majority of its population is of the Kurdish component.

During the 9 years of the Syrian war, the health sector was subjected to further destruction and deterioration. Hospitals and health facilities were not spared from military attacks, many of which were completely destroyed, while some others partially destroyed. Also, medical personnel, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and civil activists were subjected to prosecution and arrest, killing and torture campaigns which resulted in the migration of many health workers abroad.

Table of Contents:

-Health Facilities in NES:
1-Public Hospitals:
2-Private Hospitals:
-Challenges Facing the Health Sector in NES
1-Lack of Specialized Medical Staff:
2-Lack of Health Facilities:
3-Lack of equipment and supplies:
4-Lack of Medicines and Medical Materials:
5-The Deteriorating Economic Situation:
6-Political Conflicts:
7-The Spread of COVID-19:
-Recommendations and Conclusions:

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