The Ministry of Health in the Syrian interim government opened the Alsahil Specialist Hospital in rural Latakia in cooperation with local civic institutions. The opening ceremony was attended by interim Minister of Health Mohammad Jundi and interim Minister of Higher Education Abdul Aziz Dugheim as well as members of the medical staff.
Residents of rural Latakia welcomed the opening of the hospital. Jundi said that the move came as a defiant response to the Assad regime’s and its allies’ systematic, deliberate destruction of the medical facilities in the liberated areas.
“We will continue to battle against all the odds to provide health services to our people in Syria and help them stay in their homes,” Jundi said. He noted that these projects are aimed at thwarting the regime’s plans to force the local population of the area out of their homes through the systematic targeting of vital civilian structures.
The hospital comprises departments and units specializing in different areas of surgery including urology, adult and pediatric orthopedics, thoracic surgery, cardiac and vascular surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and general surgery as well as a cardiac care unit. The hospital also comprises an intensive care unit, a medical laboratory and an X-ray unit.
In addition to residents of rural Latakia, the hospital will provide medical care to residents of the town of Jisr Alshughour in Idlib and its western countryside as well as residents of the IDPs camps close to the towns of Ayn Albaidaa and Zainiya. An estimated 60,000 people currently live in these areas.
The opening of the hospital came after the Osama Ablaq Hospital in the Turkmen Mount area of rural Latakia has issued a plea for urgent support as it had been out of service for several months. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office)