DAMASCUS, (ST) –" the Health Ministry spends over SP 6 bln annually on chronic diseases," underscored Minister of Health, Dr. Saad al-Nayef .

"there is a dire need   to spread health education and awareness about illnesses," al-Nayef added.

Al-Nayef remarks came during a tour he made on Thursday  in  the Specialized Medical Clinics Center in Damascus .

 The Minister pointed out that the center lacks some medical equipment, while medicines are available and cover all citizens' needs.

"the ministry is working to provide vaccinations for Thalassemia patients, stressing the necessity to conduct  pre-marriage tests in a bid to  limit the Thalassemia disease, "affirmed the minister.