The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) political committee on Tuesday held an emergency meeting with the chairmanship of Nasr Al-Hariri to discuss the necessary measures to confront the coronavirus pandemic in northwestern Syria as well as to discuss the latest political and on the ground developments.
Participants in the meeting included head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Abdurrahman Mustafa. The political committee talked over the telephone to SIG’s Minister of Health Maram al-Sheikh who gave an overview on the developments in the health situation in the liberated areas.
Al-Sheikh indicated that the Ministry of Health has already taken many measures in cooperation with the rest of the ministries to stem the virus. It is also closely following the patients and conducting tests on people who were in contact with them.
Al-Sheikh warned of the lack of sufficient medical equipment to confront the coronavirus in view of the large number of people living in the region.
For his part, SIG’s Head stressed the need to organize the work of medical organizations operating in the liberated areas and to prevent chaos in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
For his part, Al-Hariri stressed that SOC, SIG, and the Assistance Coordination Unit are facing a major challenge at the level of national health security. He pointed out that SIG is primarily responsible for beating this challenge which requires sufficient support, especially with regards to organizing preventive procedures.
Al-Hariri pointed out that SOC will seek to organize medical work in the liberated areas and secure the medical needs necessary to deal with a possible crisis.
He added that SOC will consult with the Syrian communities in the United States, Qatar, Kuwait and the rest of the countries to secure medical support for the liberated areas, in addition to addressing the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross to urge them to shoulder their responsibilities. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)