Washington, DC- There has been an alarming rise in cases of the measles in Ghouta, Syria. According to EWARN, there have been 121 cases in the past two months, compared to 50 cases in the past two years.
There is significant pressure on hospitals that are still operating and supplies are running extremely low or completely depleted. In Ghouta, in the suburbs of Damascus, a third person died from kidney failure as there are no supplies available to provide dialysis treatment. Medications and supplies are still not allowed in the area.
Dr. Khaula Sawah, board member of UOSSM USA said, “After the Aleppo evacuations there has been a lot of apathy of the situation in Syria, the situation is worse but unfortunately people have forgotten about the people suffering in Syria. We, as humanitarians, must continue to provide support to these people, so they don’t lose hope, and we can continue to make a difference in their lives.”
Click here or the picture above to watch the UOSSM video about the measles outbreak.