Syria: Deir ez-Zor's hospitals struggle through dwindling supplies and power blackouts amid IS-seige

Another day went by in Al-Assad and Al-Waleed hospitals in Deir ez-Zor with medical staff continuing to attend to their patients despite frequent power blackouts and a critical shortage of medical supplies. The city remains under siege by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS). Footage released Thursday captured medical workers treating the injured, running general checkups and... Еще vaccinating local residents. «Services are scarce since we have no electricity, we have the medicaments and instruments, we provide service to the people with what we have available,» said one of the medical workers. Another worker pointed out, “Most of the people in Deir ez-Zor suffer from night blindness, I ask to allocate even the smallest amount to the patients who suffer from this problem. Even few pills would be enough.» The hospitals are short on staff and supplies after the routes to the besieged region were blocked, however, the patients learnt to appreciate every effort. «Despite the siege, and despite this challenge, we're grateful to the ministry of health and its workers because they made their best to deliver the medicine and deal with the all patients for free,» admitted one of the patients.
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