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Syrians face the dilemma of securing treatments


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There are many difficulties facing Syrian families, whether inside or outside the refugee camps, but the challenge of facing the disease and being able to provide the cost of treatment is one of the most prominent dilemmas that constitute a state of concern for a large number of refugees, as it requires an exceptional budget that was not expected..

In light of the closure of many medical centers funded by relief organizations specialized in providing treatments as a result of a lack of international funding, the Syrians have two options, first to go to the hospitals and centers of the Jordanian Ministry of Health, or to go to the private medical sector.

The Jordanian Ministry of Health provides medical services to refugees in health centers and hospitals through health insurance that equals them with capable, uninsured Jordanians at low prices, knowing that the ministry provides maternity and childhood services, family planning, childbirth, infants and children’s vaccinations free of charge, and for all refugees registered with the High Commissioner for free..

According to the results of a health survey conducted by the UNHCR in Jordan in 2021, the number of chronic diseases increased, and that 87% of the injured could not afford the costs of medicines, and 77% of their money was spent on health care services, and the value of the monthly expenditure on health was 98 dinars ( $138), equivalent to 44% of their monthly income.

Although the cost of treatments in the Ministry of Health is symbolic, for them it constitutes a burden that cannot be ignored, especially if these medicines are for chronic diseases or diseases that require medicines of a high-price nature, in addition to the fact that patients face the problem of waiting in the patient lists, which is Long lists spanning months, and sometimes years, to complete a particular medical procedure.

The Syrian Malik Abu Nuqat, who lives in the Zaatari camp, points out that the issue of treatments must find a radical solution. Sometimes neglect of treatment has dire consequences in the long run. At the borders of specific families, but everyone needs to be indicated in one way or another, especially since the camp has a large number of young people, as well as adults.”

Abu Nuqt says: “My little boy, who is four years old, suffers from a melting of the head of the thigh, and he needs tendon repair and the installation of bone plates, and since his birth until now, we are still waiting for his MRI so that doctors can accurately diagnose his condition, and actually no I have the financial ability to buy his medicines or make medical pictures, as these are expensive procedures for us, and this affected his gait and his health in general.”

The father resorted to borrowing at one time to provide treatments and follow up on the case of the child “Qasim”, but he was not able to continue, as his condition is difficult and needs full care and insurance, and with the closure of health centers affiliated with international relief institutions, his hope to treat his son’s condition declined..

Abu Nuqt concludes by saying: “Everyone suffers as a result of their inability to meet the needs of treatment. Families suffer from the high cost of living, poverty and unemployment, and we have no prospects as a result of the asylum option that we had to take, and the challenge of treatment is part of a large series of issues that we face.”