QRC mobile clinics for Syrian refugees likely

January 01, 2014 - 4:59:01 am

QRC officials with some of refugee children at the camp in Arsal  town bordering Syria.

DOHA: A delegation from Qatar Red Crescent (QRC), headed by Secretary-General Saleh bin Ali Al Mohannadi, recently visited refugee camps in the Lebanese border town of Arsal which is home to more than 90,000 Syrian refugees.

To better assess the situation, the delegation engaged in conversations with Syrian families during distribution of emergency relief items such as blankets, sheets, heating fuel, food and sweets for children. 

QRC is considering the possibility of operating mobile clinics in Arsal to provide primary healthcare for refugees.

“I can’t find proper words to describe this miserable situation. Syrian families are living in places that lack all means of decent standard of living,” a QRC statement quoted Al Mohannadi as saying.

A few weeks ago, QRC distributed 21,000 hot meals, 200 pre-packed food and 5,000 bread packs at six camps to help refugees face the adverse weather conditions that hit the region.

Al Mohannadi met George Kattani, Lebanese Red Cross Secretary-General, and Elias Ghanim, IFRC’s Head of Delegation, in Lebanon to discuss coordination in the delivery of relief. 

Since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict, QRC has been providing health services to Syrian refugees in Lebanon benefitting over 6,000 people to date, including 125 people who suffered cardiac problems and were admitted to intensive care units.

Healthcare was also given to 2,000 women during childbirth, including many premature births.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees,  one of the biggest challenges they face is finding a safe haven for more than 2.3 million people who have fled their homeland. 

This is a pressing problem in Lebanon, as there are no camps large enough to accommodate the increasing number of refugees.

The Peninsula

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