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The doctors at the private practice said they had run out of medicines they received in October and patients preferred to spend what little money they had on food and not health care, they reported widespread malnutrition and serious problems with severe acute malnutrition, I cannot confirm what they reported.
We need to go in with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent for a door-to-door basement, if there are these cases we need to verify and make sure they get urgent treatment, i sent an immediate request to authorities for more supplies to be brought in. We are asking for mobile clinics and medical teams to be dispatched.
I am really alarmed, people gathered in the market place. You could see many were malnourished, starving. They were skinny, tired, severely distressed. There was no smile on anybody's faces. It is not what you seen when you arrive with a convoy. The children I talked to said they had no strength to play.
The main concern is of course communicable diseases, but also trauma cases. We have more than 25,000 newly injured per month in Syria and the system is overburdened, this conflict is happening in densely populated areas, that's why have you have so high a number of injured compared to many other wars.
It is something that we have been negotiating, after the constraints we've had, we have had top level meetings. There has been a willingness from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We see a positive outlook, we have had some constraints in the past with delivering surgical supplies, syringes, but the situation is much better at the moment.
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