Wounded Syrians strain hospital in border town

Ramtha, Apr 28 (Petra) -- The main public hospital in the city of Ramtha, just across the border from Syria, receives dozens of injured Syrian refugees daily, severely straining facilities and prompting calls for more medical staff, equipment and ambulances to cope with the overcrowding.

Director of Ramtha Government Hospital Dr. Yousef Tahat told Petra that the health ministry had conducted a study to rehabilitate the old emergency and accident ward to accommodate the steadily rising numbers of wounded Syrians.

"The present emergency ward is incapable of absorbing the wounded Syrians, in addition to the local people coming in from the district, which causes chaos and increases the burdens on medical staff," he said.

He noted that ten additional beds had been allotted to wounded Syrians, adding that the hospital will soon receive four fully-equipped ambulances to help ease the pressure.

Head of the Accident and Emergency Ward, Dr. Saqr Al Zu'bi, said his staff receive dozens of wounded Syrians daily, though some of the severely injured had to be transferred to hospitals in Amman, a one-hour drive that, he said, puts their lives at risk.



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