On his part, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Ahmad al-Manzari, said that the WHO’s delegation’s visit to Syria aims at specifying the challenges and assessing the needs of the Syrian medical sector.

He pointed out that the provided aid aims at meeting the needs of the health system in emergency services, whether in terms of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic or meeting the Syrian citizens’ health needs.

Al-Manzari stressed that the organization continuously seeks to have more cooperation with the Ministry of Health and concerned authorities in Syria in order to strengthen the country’s response and emergency program which has been exposed to many challenges and has suffered shortage of supplies over the past period.

 The WHO Representative in Syria Akjemal Magtymova, on her part, confirmed that the organization has been working closely with the Ministry of Health for many years in order to respond to the country’s health needs and to enhance cooperation. “This aid is part of the WHO assistance to strengthen the emergency system in Syria,” she indicated.

Hamda Mustafa