Minister of Health in the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Maram Al-Sheikh, said that as of Saturday, the Ministry has conducted tests on a total of 128 suspected cases of the coronavirus in Idlib province, adding that all the results were negative.
Al-Sheikh said that the Ministry held several meetings with officials from France, Great Britain, Germany, the United States, and Turkey to explain the health situation in the liberated areas. The Ministry stressed the need to expedite the implementation of the response plan and support the civilian population, especially the IDP and support their resilience in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Al-Sheikh added that the World Health Organization has approved the final plan which was developed by the working group. He described it as a comprehensive plan for the health activities related to confronting the coronavirus pandemic and which focuses on strengthening the health system.
Al-Sheikh indicated that the Ministry is now working on organizing volunteer work to confront the virus, adding that the Ministry will now focus on awareness-raising and training on dealing with the suspected cases as part of a program the ministry will launch shortly.
Al-Sheikh called on actors in the health sector to unify efforts within a crisis cell made up of the relevant authorities with the aim of stemming a possible outbreak of the coronavirus in the region. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)