A Syrian hospital. Coronavirus patients in hospitals in Syria wait for their counterparts to die so as to use their respirator. Photo credit: newsweek. com
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The poorly-equipped hospitals are in terrible conditions and are overcrowded with COVID-19 patients
Influential people are using contacts to put pressure on hospitals to move their loved ones up suffering from COVID-19 disease on the respirator waiting list
Coronavirus patients in hospitals in Syria are forced to wait for other patients to die so as to use their respirators that could save their lives, according to a reliable media report.
These chaotic poorly-equipped hospitals are said to be in terrible conditions and are overcrowded with COVID-19 patients.
This is the situation in government-controlled parts of Syria where doctors say the coronavirus pandemic has reached catastrophic levels with health workers and facilities overwhelmed by the surge of cases across the country in recent weeks.
With serious equipment shortages in hospitals in Damascus, Syrian capital city, and doctors say they are scrambling to save lives.
There have been recent scenes of panic with health workers making frantic calls to try to secure beds with respirators for their patients, according to doctors in Damascus. The struggle has been worsened by a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical professionals.
Dr. Ihsan in Aleppo told the media that coronavirus patients are factually waiting for other patients to die so that they can be on a respirator.
He also lamented that influential people are using contacts to pressure hospitals to move their loved ones up on the respirator waiting list.
The doctor whose real name was not disclosed and spoke to the media reporter on the condition of anonymity revealed that he had only received six N95 masks from the hospital and some doctors and nurses are not even wearing masks in his hospital.
Another doctor in Damascus, Dr. Abd, said he was forced to sterilize his own disposable mask, and only following a social media campaign did some medical companies step in to provide additional supplies.
The lack of protective equipment has meant the country’s medical system — already drained by years of civil war — is losing doctors and healthcare staff to the virus.
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