Syria – Cholera cases recorded in IDP camps in northwestern Syria

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Location: Al-Tah camp – Idlib countryside – Syria

Language: Arabic

Duration: 00:04:45

Sound: natural

Source: A24 in northern Syria

Restrictions: A24 subscribers

Date: 09/26/2022

Storyline:

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in regions of northwestern Syria, controlled by Syrian opposition forces, fear an outbreak of cholera in their camps.

IDP camps in northwestern Syria lack infrastructure and minimum necessities of a decent life, becoming a fertile environment for an epidemic.

On Monday, Kafr Losin camp in the northern countryside of Idlib recorded the first three cases of cholera, in accordance to what Idlib Health Directorate announced on Monday, in addition to hundreds of cases recorded in eastern and northern Syria and areas controlled by Syrian government.

Early warning program of the Support Coordination Unit, a non-governmental organization, recorded 4,100 cases of cholera, as of September 25, in Syria.

Syrian Ministry of Health announced that cholera outbreaks in several areas have killed 29 people.

Shotlist:

– Soundbite (Duraid al-Rahmoun – Idlib Health Directorate):

“Today, we were informed through early warning about the detection of 3 cholera cases in Kafr Losin camps. This is enough to announce the start of an outbreak of cholera in northwestern regions of Syria in Idlib Governorate. Necessary precautions must be taken in the coming period to raise awareness and follow prevention methods so the disease does not spread further. During this time, the Health Directorate is preparing special facilities to receive patients with severe cases of the cholera, which requires time considering lack of resources. He surest way to prevent the spread of the epidemic is to adhere to the prevention methods.”

– Soundbite (Mohammed Al-Ali – IDP in Al-Tah camp):

“The camp does not have a sewage system. There is no regular sanitation for the camp and we do not have clean water. We need a sewage system as well as health centers, which are almost non-existent in the camp.”

– Soundbite (Abdul Salam Muhammad – Director of Al-Tah camp)

“We appeal to all humanitarian organizations to take swift action regarding random camps, which are considered the fertile environment for the spread of this epidemic due to the lack of a healthy environment sewage systems. We call on everyone to increase supplies of clean water, establish sewage systems, and raise awareness of people in the camps.”

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