Emergency Response for COVID-19 in Deir Ez-Zor Governorate

Amid growing local and international concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in North-Eastern Syria (NES), as well as fears of a possible second peak of the virus as predicted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) launched a health intervention in Deir Ez-Zor Governorate, among a series of efforts in the NES, where health systems are fragile and barely equipped to deal with casual morbidities, much less a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The new intervention, "Emergency Response for Covid-19 in Deir Ez-Zor Governorate", aims to strengthen the capacities of health systems in three communities in Deir Ez-Zor governorate. In cooperation with a non-governmental organization, this intervention will focus on four priorities/pillars: community isolation, laboratory screening procedures, monitoring cases, and the treatment of confirmed cases through the following planned activities:

 

  • Establish a 140-bed hospital complex which will include one in-patient unit for severe COVID-19 cases, one intensive care unit (ICU) for critical cases, one general lab for management of patient symptoms and secondary COVID-19 risks, two community-based isolation units for mild/moderate cases, and two ambulances for 24/7 area coverage.
  • Procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medications and consumables, energy generators, hospital furniture, waste management, 10 ventilators for the ICU, and secure transportation vehicle for the hospital complex to provide quality health care and access for providers and beneficiaries, based on WHO treatment protocols.
  • Recruit 15 general practitioners, 30 nurses, one pharmacist and three pharmacist assistants, one laboratory physician and three laboratory technicians, six ICU technicians and specialists, three x-ray technicians, and relevant support staff who will receive remote and in-person training on COVID-19 case management and infection control in all hospitals in addition to training on sample testing, surveillance, and the PCR testing process.
  • Provide safe transportation of approved referrals from other facilities and selected admitted patients to other specialized hospitals, as needed.

 

At a total budget of EUR 1,700 million, the treatment center will be able to accommodate at least 1,120 patients at a given time. Furthermore, around 630,000 individuals, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), will indirectly benefit from the center’s services. Additionally, some 122 medical personnel will receive COVID-19 training and salaries during this period.

 

For more information on the SRTF visit:

http://www.srtfund.org

 

Media outlets may contact:
communications@srtfund.org


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