In west Deir ez-Zour, the hospital of Kasrah has added a new surgery department which will be treating victims of war and other critical cases.
The Kasrah District in the province of Deir ez-Zour notoriously had one of the most underdeveloped health sectors in the entire province. The entire district had only one semi-functioning hospital on the western edge of the province, far away from the densely populated parts of the district. Many were forced to travel to the provincial capital or Hasakah for hospital visits.
The situation was made worse by the large displaced population that is currently residing in the district. Kasrah hosts the largest reported number of IDPs within the province of Deir ez-Zour, who are found within the host community, collective centres and informal sites, particularly centred around the communities of Jazaret Elbuhmeid and Jazaret Milaj.
However, access to health has improved significantly in the district. A number of emergency clinics, private clinics and mobile clinics have been set up in the district. Additionally, local doctors have turned their homes into informal clinics to treat locals suffering from ailments.
Most recently, the Kasrah hospital has just opened a highly specialised department of general surgery to treat victims of war who have suffered injuries. Before this department was opened, people had to travel to other provinces such as Hasakah and Raqqa in order to be treated for major injuries. While the department currently only treats emergency cases, it is a significant boost for residents in Kasrah who are in urgent need of such a department.
However, according to the United Nations, in large parts of western Deir ez-Zour, households have to travel long distances in order to receive critical care. But locals are hopeful that more healthcare facilities will open soon in the province.
The health situation is also critical in areas such as Khasham and Muhasan, to the west of the Euphrates, where there are no formal health facilities functioning. This means that residents must travel to Deir-ez-Zor subdistrict for health services.