More than half of UNRWA healt centers in Syria destroyed

CENEVRE (CIHAN)- The UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, says that more than half of its 23 health centres in Syria are destroyed or non-functional and has described the situation as grave.

Speaking at the launch of the its annual health report in Geneva, Dr. Akihiro Seita, UNRWA Director of Health, said the health situation facing 18,000 civilians in the Palestine refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus, continues to deteriorate.

We used to have 3 health centers inside Yarmouk, all of them are non functional. There is severe food shortage as well and acute shortages of life-saving medicines. Only one quarter of the food requirements have been met in the past four months and as you can imagine it was a serious health risk.

Syria’s conflict has displaced over a quarter of a million Palestine refugees internally within Syria, with many in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. UNRWA has been the main provider of primary health care for Palestine refugees for over six decades.


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