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Early Detection of Breast Cancer Remains the Corner Stone of Breast Cancer Control

"The breast cancer awareness month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, treatment and palliative care of this disease”, Dr. Wafaa Halloum, Head of the General Health Programs Department at Lattakia’s Health Directorate and the supervisor of the national campaign for early detection of breast cancer in Lattakia, said in an interview with the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

Breast cancer awareness has been increasing substantially. Women are more educated about the options today, which is something of great importantance.

“World Pink Month" in Syria

“World Pink Month". Has been represented in Syria through the National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign launched at the beginning of October. It is worthy to mention that October is chosen globally as breast cancer awareness month. The campaign provide clinical examination and X-rays; beside, educational symposiums and lectures at health and social centers to raise awareness among Syrian women.

The Ministry of Health is proceeding with clinical examinations and mammograms in 850 health centers for women over 40, according to Dr. Reem Dahman, Director of the Reproductive Health Department at Ministry of Health.

Situation of Syria’s Healthcare Sector

Syria Times conducted an interview with the Ministry Ministry of Health’s Assistant Director of Planning and International Cooperation Wiam Saker.

Q. What are the numbers of the Ministry of Health’s hospitals, doctors, and technical workers in Syria today? has this changed since before 2011?

A. Today, the Ministry of Health runs 98 hospitals and commissions ‘independent hospitals’ in addition to 2 hospitals that are going to be opened, Al-Shahba’ Hospital in Sweida Governorate and the second hospital is the General Organization of the Children's Hospital in Tartous governorate which was officially opened on September 21st  by the Syrian Prime Minister Eng. Emad Khamis.

The Ministry also runs 1864 Health Centers in the country including the dialysis, thalassemia and tuberculosis centers.

The numbers of doctors who are working for the Ministry of Health 7052.In 2019. In 2011 there were 9000 doctors. The technical workers in 2018 were about 6500, in 2011three are more than 10.000 workers.

Under the Patronage of President al-Assad, Prime Minister inaugurates the Children's Hospital in Tartous

On September 21, Under the patronage of President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister Eng. Emad Khamis inaugurated the General Organization of the Children's Hospital in Tartous governorate.

Director General of the Organization of the Children's Hospital Dr. Yasser Joreh briefed Eng. Khamis and the accompanying delegation on the Hospital, pointing out that it provides diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical medical care to the patients as well as the educational and training role.

Syria will import 1000 medical devices from Iran

The Ministry of health is working to import 1000 medical devices from Iran through the Credit Line between Syria and Iran.

The medical devices due to be imported will meet the needs of hospitals and health centers affiliated to the Ministry.

The medical devices include 400 ventilators for newborn babies and 300 others for children and elders, 150 laryngoscope devices, 100 anesthesia machines, 10 eye laser devices, 25 portable Radiography devices which are used to diagnose or treat patients by recording images of the internal structure of the body to assess the presence or absence of disease and 15 autoclaves which are machines that use steam under pressure to kill harmful bacteria.