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Sterilisation Campaign Launched In Hasakah To Combat Coronavirus


The local authorities in Hasakah, north-eastern Syria, have launched a sterilisation campaign to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

The Health Committee, in cooperation with the local Municipality in Hasakah, is implementing a campaign of sterilisation across Hasakah city in a bid to prevent any possible spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“There are dozens of measures that have been taken by the Ministry of Health in the north-eastern region of Syria, including the sterilisation of public institutions and facilities, schools and main streets in cities and crowded places. Sterilisation materials are provided by the Ministry of Health and work is carried out in coordination with the municipalities”, stated Abdul Aziz Maan, a member of the Health Committee in Hasakah Province.

Thus far, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria has not recorded any cases of the Coronavirus in the region. The authorities have nevertheless established two quarantine centres in the main cities of Qamishli and Hasakah, just in case any individuals are found to be infected with the virus.

“If it appears that we have a suspected case of Coronavirus infection, knowing that no cases have yet appeared in north-eastern Syria, there are quarantine centres established by the Health authorities in Hasakah and Qamishli”, noted Siham Mula Ali, spokeswoman for the Medical Committee in Hasakah.

The Autonomous Administration is also propagating awareness campaigns across northern and eastern Syria to inform people of ways to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and how to detect symptoms. Information brochures have been distributed to health clinics and are being shared on social media.

The authorities in neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan are also taking similar measures of sterilising public spaces. In contrast, however, it has recorded a number of cases as well as deaths. The Autonomous Administration is wary of any cross-border travel between Syria and Iraq so as to prevent any spread of the virus from the latter to the former. Iraq is known to have received most cases from travel from Iran.