The war in Syria has become a real challenge for parents whose children have cancer and the hope for salvation which is melting every day because of the lack of necessary medicines, almost extinct in Syria due to the sanctions of the USA and some Western countries.
RIA Novosti learned about the consequences of the Western embargo for cancer patients at the employee and the Director of the hospital of tishrin in Latakia, one of the two remaining in Syria for cancer patients. Syrian doctors spoke about Russia’s help in saving the children, about the girl Mary of Aleppo, which was able to send to Moscow for treatment.
“Monstrous and absolutely unacceptable”
The West has imposed sanctions against Syria almost since the beginning of the war in the country. The restrictive measures was to put pressure on the Syrian leadership. In 2017, Europe extended the sanctions for another year, closing his eyes to fight the Syrian army against terrorism and the real consequences of such actions. Hundreds of Syrian children have lost the right to treatment in the absence of essential drugs.
In 2016, the Russian public figure and human rights activist Elizabeth Glinka, arrived in Latakia, heard from regional authorities about the events of the tragedy and his associates began work on the organization. Head of projects international organization “Fair help Dr. Lisa” Natalya Avilova, which the correspondent of RIA Novosti was told about the visit in Latakia, near the hospital of tishrin, emotionally talks about the consequences of the blockade.
“In my opinion, it is absolutely monstrous and totally unacceptable that the sanctions are medicines and drugs that are vital for children. Medicine, without which children can die. In September, Elizaveta Petrovna Glinka, along with a representative for human rights visited Latakia… what we do together with the “Russian humanitarian mission”, objectively, a drop in the sea,” — said Avilova.
In her words, Russia succeeds to bring only 15-20 types of medicines that can save lives to a maximum of twenty patients, while need saving in the tens or hundreds of times more.
In the hope to help
The Director of the hospital tishrin Munira Osman in place to catch it is impossible, and in search of parts necessary to resort to modern means of communication. It’s hot even in the shade of a huge concrete housing medical facilities. But it is better to be outdoors than in a stuffy corridors of the hospital. After endless beeps is heard a friendly male voice. Doctor immediately agrees to talk.
“The real picture began to emerge in 2015, when virtually all foreign companies that supplied the drugs refused to work in Syria because of the sanctions that were put under the ban of cooperation with the Syrian government. We were without the most necessary medicines. Even shipping of those medications which can be provided through a friendly state, delayed because no aircraft have to carry through a neighboring state, and from there by land. They (The West. — Approx. ed.) say that there are no restrictions for medicines, while in fact there are all obstacles to the delivery of necessary drugs and difficulties with delivery, which speaks of a real blockade. Speaking about the help of Russia, connected with medicines, it was symbolic. From Russia was brought a number of essential drugs Dr. Lisa”, — said the Director.
Oncology Department at tishrin is the second largest in Syria after hospital al-Biruni in Damascus. In 2016, still operated by the canadian hospital in Aleppo, but the rebels it defeated. In connection with the war, the greatest burden falls on the hospital in Latakia, as al-Biruni is located in the district of Harasta, which is considered a hot spot. Most cancer patients from all provinces of Syria attended tishrin. A day could provide at least minimal assistance to 120 patients. According to the Director of the hospital, they have more than 200 kinds of drugs.
“Russia has offered us a lot of help options, including training and the preparation of a number of children in need of a bone marrow transplant, to transport to Russia to conduct operations there,” — concluded the Director.
A few days before the issue of sanctions and their negative impact on the delivery of medicines to Syria commented RIA Novosti Deputy Minister of health of Syria, Habib Abboud.