Students of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Free University of Aleppo launched an awareness-raising campaign as part of the precautionary measures being taken by the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) and Syrian Interim Government (SIG) to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus in the freed territories.
Students made house-to-house visits and toured the IDP camps in and around the town of Al-Bab in Aleppo province, distributing leaflets and other publications on methods of prevention, the symptoms of the coronavirus, and how to safely transport the suspected cases to the hospital.
The students called for complying with the preventive steps to avoid the spread of the virus, most notably personal hygiene, sterilization, and commitment to social distancing.
Organizers of the campaign also included the Assistance Coordination Unit, provincial councils, and organizations working in the health sector, as well as the free police force and the Syrian National Army.
The students had earlier taken a training course held by the Faculty of Medicine at the Free University of Aleppo on methods of prevention from the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Abdurrahman Mustafa, said that all ministries are working in coordination to implement the precautionary measures being taken by the Ministry of Health in order to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus in the liberated areas.
He pointed out that in light of the worldwide spread of the virus, SIG formed a special team to manage the crisis. He also said that SIG developed a clear strategy to deal with the crisis with utmost urgency through cooperation at the medical, political, security and military levels.
He pointed out that SIG set up testing and isolation centers despite the insufficient resources, especially in the medical infrastructure which suffered heavy losses as a result of the systematic attacks by Russia and the Assad regime. It also issued decisions to implement precautionary measures aimed at preventing the outbreak of the virus.
Mustafa indicated that these measures included closure of the crossing points with the regime-held areas, resorting to online education, and closure of public parks. They also included a general amnesty for crimes committed before April 1st, 2020. The pardon covers crimes committed before April 1st, 2020 and covers all penalties for misdemeanors and offenses, half of the penalties for felonies, the full penalties for those who have reached 70 years of age and those who are terminally ill. The decision excludes the crimes which have a negative impact on society.
SIG also communicated with sisterly and friendly states as well as international organizations, while coordinating the efforts with local community organizations. He added SIG provided lists of the needed humanitarian support, including support for the affected households in the liberated areas.
Moreover, Mustafa called on Syrians in the liberated areas to comply with these measures so as to stem this crisis which is now affecting the entire world. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)
Coordinator of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) office in rural Aleppo, Ahmed Al-Shehadi, conducted a tour of inspection of the Syrian National Army fighters stationed on the battle frontlines and in their military units.
Al-Shehadi ascertained the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, most importantly hygiene, sterilization and a observing social distancing.
Al-Shehadi gave an explanation of the best ways to avoid contacting the virus. He also talked about the symptoms of the disease and how to isolate the suspected cases within the headquarters and transfer them to hospitals.
Al-Shehadi pointed out that no cases have so far been reported in the liberated areas as he stressed the need to comply with precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the residents of the liberated areas. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)