The Dar al-Shifa'a Hospital caters for the people of western Deir ez-Zour Province, who used to travel long distances to receive medical treatment.
Over a month ago, the Dar al-Shifa hospital opened in the small town of Jazrat Albu Hamid in the province of Deir ez-Zour. The hospital is one of the largest in the province and provides healthcare to dozens of villages in its vicinity. According to staff in the hospital, Dar al-Shifa is equipped with the most up to date facilities and includes all the major surgical departments that would be needed for those in the province.
It consists of 3 floors equipped with two surgery rooms, a laboratory, a radiotherapy room, a pharmacy, incubators, and an intensive cardiac care unit. Additionally, there is a 24-hour clinic, which allows residents to visit and fulfil their daily healthcare needs.
The aim of the hospital was to provide accessible healthcare to people living in the area. Before the opening of this hospital, residents had to travel to Kasrah, Hasakah, Raqqa, or even Tabqa to receive the necessary treatment as no hospitals existed in the Jazrat Albu Hamid area in northern Deir ez-Zour.
The only hospital that was operating anywhere near the immediate vicinity was only semi-functioning and was located on the western edge of the province. As a result, the costs of undertaking treatment in other hospitals further away was very high for many people in the area. Dar al-Shifa, however has made a concerted effort at driving down costs in order to provide more affordable healthcare to people in the area.
The ongoing conflict in the eastern parts of Syria, including in Deir ez-Zour, and the rule of ISIS have led to major deterioration in the standard of healthcare and the quality of life in the province. The Kasrah district, where the hospital is based, hosts the largest reported number of IDPs within the province of Deir ez-Zour due to the war. Therefore, the need for extra healthcare facilities has become urgent. Due to the lack of hospitals, local authorities have had to apply a number of stopgap solutions to improve healthcare in the province. Therefore, the new hospital is a significant boost for residents in the area.