Health Ministry Calls for Lifting Unilateral Economic Measures Imposed on Syria

Damascus- Minister of Health, Nizar Yazigi, said that the most important demand now is to lift the unilateral economic measures imposed on the Syrian people to allow the health sector ensure all the required medical equipment and medicines and to guarantee the success of the humanitarian response plan.

During his meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Head of the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Mark Lowcock on Thursday, Yazigi discussed means of enhancing cooperation in domain of delivering medical services to all areas, in addition to the needs related to the upcoming humanitarian health response plan, SANA reported.

 He affirmed keenness on providing medical therapeutic services to all citizens despite all challenges imposed by the war waged on Syria, and rehabilitating the hospitals and the health centers affected by the terrorist acts.

The minister also expressed readiness to provide all required facilitations for the delivery of aid to the hard-to-reach areas, and to evacuate the critical health conditions from these areas to the national hospitals.

Yazigi clarified that the armed terrorist organizations hinder the delivery of aid through targeting aid convoys or preventing them from reaching the citizens.

For his part, Lowcock said that the UN is committed to providing as much aid as possible to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, adding that he seeks to increase the funding related to the response plan to meet all needs.

He said that work is underway to collect data and information on the impacts of the unilateral economic measures imposed on the Syrian people to demand lifting them.

Lowcock also expressed satisfaction over the delivery of vaccines to all areas, wishing to enhance cooperation with regard to the delivery of aid to the hard-to-reach areas.

Mikdad to Lowcock : No alternative to cooperation with Syria in providing essential services for Syrians

In the same context, talks between Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad and under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, concluded Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.

Mikdad said that there is no alternative to cooperation with the Syrian government, which represents the main contributor in providing the necessary services to the Syrians, despite the unilateral economic sanctions imposed by the Western countries and their impacts on the innocent Syrian citizens.

He stressed that the Syrian government’s cooperation with international organizations depends on the extent to which these organizations respect the sovereignty, the unity and the territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic which is confirmed by all Security Council resolutions.

Mikdad also pointed out to the efforts of the Syrian government and its partners in humanitarian field, mainly the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the civil societies.

Lowcock, for his part, expressed his interest in continuing the positive dialogue with the Syrian state and the will to deep it and consolidate confidence to enhance the efforts of both sides in responding to the impacts of the crisis.