Aid & Development

Hospital in Deir ez-Zour Province opens specialist unit for newborns


A special section for children's incubators was opened In a hospital in the town of Diban, 50 kilometres south of Deir ez-Zour City, Syria.

At the Diban Specialist Hospital in the province of Deir ez-Zour, eastern Syria, specialist maternity doctors have procured a number of incubators and phototherapy units for newborn babies. The new equipment provides doctors and midwives at the hospital with greater resources that were previously needed to treat babies that were born prematurely, as well as babies suffering from blood diseases or jaundice.

“[The] incubators are of the utmost importance because they save children’s lives,” said Hospital Director Bashir al-Nadwan. “After much trouble, we have been able to provide incubators and a simple service to ensure the needs of children. We hope that there will be more facilities [in the hospital] and more assistance from everyone in order to once again revive the region [following years of conflict], especially the children’s section.”

Reconstruction and rehabilitation has been ongoing across Deir ez-Zour Province following the defeat of ISIS in the region by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in mid-2017. After the cessation of military operations in much of the province, a Civilian Council, composed of local residents and tribal leaders, was established to oversee reconstruction initiatives and maintain ongoing internal security.

So far, reconstruction efforts in the SDF-controlled regions of Deir ez-Zour Province has led to growth in the local economy, as well as the restoration of vital infrastructure, such as energy and water supply, that is essential for the local residents’ quality of life.

The installation of specialist maternity equipment at the Diban Specialist Hospital, which is located 50 kilometres downriver from Deir ez-Zour City, is another positive development in the rehabilitation of the province. Both residents and maternity specialists hope that the new equipment will help provide the best opportunity for a healthy life for newborn babies in Syria’s eastern region, without the need for the babies and their parents to travel to other far-away hospitals.

“I live in Deir ez-Zour where there were no incubators and we had to go to extremely far areas in order to get this service,” said Awad al-Hussein, a resident of Diban. “This has caused many deaths. Now there are a few incubators in the Diban Specialist Hospital and we hope incubators are provided to all other hospitals [in Syria].”