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11 displaced Syrians admitted to Jordan's public hospitals

Patients part of group of 233 Syrians treated by field medical team at northern border

By JT - Jul 08,2018 - Last updated at Jul 08,2018

The field medical team has treated 1,460 patients at the border since the beginning of the escalation (Petra photo)

AMMAN — Jordanian Armed Forces' Field Medicine Director Brig. Gen. Salem Zawahreh on Friday said that Jordan has received 11 displaced Syrians for medical treatment at public hospitals.

According to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the number of injured Syrians has risen to 114 since the start of the Syrian army's bombardment of the rebel-held parts of southern Daraa province on June 19.

Zawahreh said that the field medical team at the northern border of Jordan has recently diagnosed and treated 233 Syrians, all of whom were sent back to their country after treatment except for the 11 patients.

The total number of Syrians treated by the field team has reached 1,460 patients since the beginning of the escalation, Zawahreh said, adding that cases considered as being of fair condition get treated and sent back into Syria.

He said that the team provides various medical services around the clock, including first aid, general, internal, gynecology, surgery and pediatrics. 

Zawahreh noted that the team, affiliated with the Royal Medical Services, has been providing healthcare to Syrians for several years now, stressing that the numbers have sharply increased over the past few days due the displacement of large numbers of Syrians who headed to the borders with Jordan.

The professional associations of Jordan have recently announced that a fully-equipped field hospital will be set up “within a few days” near the border with Syria to treat displaced injured Syrians in need of treatment. 

More than 250 nurses and doctors volunteered to operate the field hospital, which is expected to start running in a few days, Bilal Azzam, a board member of the Jordan Medical Association, told The Jordan Times on Wednesday. 

Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, Jordan hosted 1.3 million refugees distributed across Jordanian cities and camps.

Jordan declared the area a closed military zone after a terrorist attack in June 2016 that targeted a military post serving refugees near the border, killing seven soldiers and injuring 13 others. 

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