Hospitals in Aleppo, Syria, are overwhelmed with earthquake victims.
DAMASCUS – Hospital in Aleppo, Syria , overwhelmed dealing with earthquake victims. The hospital does not have enough rooms to accommodate new patients after a devastating earthquake rocked the country last week.
In al-Razi hospital there are many beds placed in the wards. The numbers reached end to end through the corridors and into the cold courtyard.
“We cannot get patients out of the hospital even after treating them. The city is broken and there is no place for them to go,” said Dr Nizar Suleiman, the hospital’s head of orthopedics.
“A large number of patients came in a short period of time. We have a serious shortage of medicines, so this is very worrying.”
“For example, we suffer from a shortage of medical equipment to treat fractures. We are already suffering from this shortage because of the crisis, and the siege (sanctions) are exacerbating it,” he said.
According to the United Nations, more than 4,400 deaths and 7,600 injuries have been reported in Syria since a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit neighboring Turkey’s south on February 6.
More than a week after the quake, the chances of finding someone alive in the rubble were slim. But patients continued to arrive at al-Razi Hospital.
Abu Muhammad, who spent about 24 hours trapped under the rubble, lay among other survivors in a ward. He lost his wife and three of his five children in the earthquake. He saw a color photo on his cell phone showing his family in happy times.
“They went to Heaven, they are now with God,” she said through tears.
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