THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

New typhoid cases emerge in Yarmouk, Syria

New typhoid cases emerge in Yarmouk, Syria. | Courtesy of waterwise.co.za
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) recently confirmed that there are nine new suspected typhoid cases based to Yarmouk, Syria.

The new cases include nine typhoid cases. There is also one scabies case. This confirmation came after the agency ran humanitarian operations in Yalda, a town in southern Syria.

Frequent interruptions in water and food supplies as well as high summer temperatures have affected Yalda, Yarmouk, Beit Saham, Babila and other regions. This makes communicable illness even more likely, as vulnerability increases.

The UNRWA has given important healthcare to civilians who are displaced from the Yarmouk camp. This is the camp where Palestinian refugees are still under threat due to the region’s state of conflict.

The medical personnel recently based a health point inside Yalda. They have been providing situation updates, and so far they have treated 330 patients.

The area’s health services are limited. The clinics lack the ability to respond to serious health needs and major outbreaks. These factors make medical assistance important and necessary for an indefinite period of time.

To continue their services, UNRWA has asked for donors and further support. A small portion -- just 31 percent -- of the funds needed to fund the 2015 Syria Crisis Appeal have been gained. Over 95 percent of Palestinian refugees need the U.N. for healthcare and basic necessities, like food and water.

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