Time: 11 July, 2020
ARSAL, LEBANON: Al Amal Medical Center in Arsal, Lebanon, continues to provide medical services for Syrian refugees with the support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) – part of a larger project to enhance health services for Syrian refugees and the host community in Arsal.
On June 2020, 8,063 patients received 13,259 medical, laboratory and pharmacy services free of charge at the center’s various clinics. Health care is now being provided in accordance with all necessary precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Patient visits included: 476 to general health clinics, 734 to the eye clinic, 952 to the ER, and 523 to the dental clinic; 522 children were seen at the pediatric clinics, and vaccinations were provided to 242 people. The ENT clinic received 570 patients, the orthopedic clinic saw 452 patients, 361 patients visited the cardiology clinic, and 671 sought services at the urology clinic. The gastroenterology clinic received 338 patients, the women’s health clinic received 587 women, the diabetes and endocrinology clinics received 84 patients, and the mental health clinic received 294 patients. Community health services received 1,256 patients, 4,012 patients received free prescriptions from the pharmacy, and laboratory services were provided to 1,095 patients.
In light of the fear and anxiety under which Syrian refugees live in the overcrowded Arsal camps, which are a fertile environment for an outbreak of COVID-19, community health teams continue to implement many awareness campaigns for families. The campaigns provide basic information about the virus, including transmission methods and preventive measures. Residents were also provided with personal hygiene kits.
Community health teams have also started touring the Syrian refugee camps to provide public health awareness information, promote preventive health techniques, and educate the community. The teams also track cases of malnutrition among children and pregnant and lactating women.
A community health worker at Al Amal Medical Center, Duha Al Souqi, spoke about current community health activities in the Syrian refugee camps. “The activities,” she said, “included an explanation on how to educate the community, refer patients to health centers and follow up their cases, monitor the status of community health, and provide vitamins for children and pregnant and lactating women.”
The Medical Director of the Project, Dr. Tariq Shandab, thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for providing support which helps to save lives. He stated that the services provided at Al Amal Medical Center benefit more than 8,600 people – a total of 13,259 individual health care services in the areas of health, psychological, social and nutritional support. He added that in addition to a 24-hour emergency department, the center also has an integrated pharmacy providing free medications to all Lebanese and Syrian patients.
The patients expressed their sincere gratitude for the ongoing services being offered at the center to alleviate their suffering during these difficult times.