Tragedy beckons’: Syria’s lack of readiness for Covid-19
Concerns have been voiced regarding the Syrian government’s response to the crisis, which the Syrian Network for Human Rights decried as “”callous”” and “”negligent””. Despite the efforts of humanitarian groups to enhance preparedness, the situation in Syria poses specific challenges. The country’s public healthcare system has been decimated by years of armed conflict particularly in opposition-held areas where pro-government forces, aided by Russian airpower, have systematically targeted healthcare facilities and personnel in violation of international law. The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pederson, warned that Syria lacks sufficient medical infrastructure, personnel, supplies and equipment, including ventilators and personal protective equipment, to combat the pandemic.

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