Al-Hasakah: Typhoid Spread Among Al-Hawl Camp Children

Sada Al-Sham

News Monday 27th August 2018
"Dozens of children in the camp are suffering from Typhoid fever because of pollution and the lack of medical care," said a member of the medical staff at al-Hawl Camp who preferred to remain anonymous. This camp is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces in the southeast of al-Hasakah.

He also explained that "the lack of personal hygiene, potable water and sterilizers are among the reasons behind the spread of this infectious disease.”

The medical staff member, who preferred to remain anonymous, pointed out that "the patients suffering from serious health conditions and injuries were transferred to the National Hospital in al-Hasakah, through the Kurdish Red Crescent, and most of them have recovered."

According to medical information, "Typhoid disease is caused by bacteria called Salmonella typhosa. This kind of bacteria is transmitted directly from one person to another through contaminated water or food. The typhoid bacteria can also be found in the patient’s waste and urine. Some people who are called germ carriers can look healthy but spread the disease."

"There are dozens of citizens were poisoned in the city because they consumed unpotable water," said Mohammed Hijazi, a member of Raqqa Civil Council, which is affiliated to the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, during an interview with Rozana.

"The reason behind pollution is the repair of old water pipelines and pumping unsterilized water into the pipes, which led to the mixing of new non-sterile water with old water causing the pollution of water."

Hijazi held "the organizations supporting Raqqa Civil Council and the Water Establishment in Raqqa responsible for the lives of the citizens," and called on them to "provide safe water for the residents of the city."

Services in Raqqa are managed by the Civil Council of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is also controlling large parts of al-Hasakah Governorate, including the National Hospital, which changed its name to the People's Hospital after the forces managed to control it and expel the forces of the regime.