Aid & Development

First medical centre opens in the Ghab Plains in Hama

Syria

A new medical centre that will serve between 10-15,000 people has opened in the central region of the Ghab Plains, which is located in Syria's Hama Province.

Residents of the Ghab Plains in Hama can now receive medical treatment after the opening of the city’s first medical centre. This centre, which was built thanks to the efforts of the local authorities, can provide treatment and first aid to residents and many citizens in the central region of the Ghab Plains.

“The medical centre serves villages in the central region of the Ghab Plains, stretching from the village of al-Amqiyah to the village of al-Huweiz,” said Hassan al-Issa, an administrative director at the Ghab Medical Centre. “The population [in this area] numbers between 10,000 and 15,000 people, which includes some of the villages in the Shashabo Mountain, who benefit from the medical centre because of its proximity.”

According to the administrators, the medical centre, which serves thousands of residents free of cost, has many departments including pediatric care, gynecology, and physiotherapy.

Since its opening, patients have been pouring into the centre.

“The average number of patients who come is between 50-60 per day,” said Sader Abdo, a doctor working at the medical centre. “The number sometimes rises to 100 patients and decreases according to the weather.”

Before its opening, families had to travel dozens of kilometres to receive medical treatment and medicine. However, this changed after the medical centre was built.

“We used to take our children to hospitals that are about 15-30 km away,” said Abu Nour, a resident of Ghab Plains. “Praise is to God, the centre was opened, and there are great doctors and a free pharmacy.”

With the relative stability that many Syrian cities have witnessed, the opening of medical facilities and hospitals is vital as it supports the population and alleviates their suffering, following the humanitarian crises that the country saw.

These efforts should be supported by international medical organisations. Despite the opening of a number of hospitals, many of them lack the necessary equipment and medication to treat residents affected by terminal diseases.