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Shortage of Baby Formula, Milk and Vaccines Spells Real Human Disaster in the Syrian Kurdish region

Qamişlo (Rûdaw) Dilxwaz Bahlwai – Western Kurdistan is in dire need of baby formula and medical supplies. Dr. Eli Bîjo told Rudaw that baby formula is not available in pharmacies or supermarkets. The living conditions of Kurds, in particular women and children, in Western Kurdistan are getting worse day by day.


The situation has grown even worse as the main roads connecting the Syrian Kurdish region with Damascus and Aleppo, Syria´s biggest cities, are blocked. Dr. Eli Bijo told Rudaw that there is an acute shortage of medicines, and that pharmacies are running out of “baby formula and vaccines.”  Among the most urgently needed vaccines, said Dr. Ali Bijo, are: Hepatitis B vaccines, Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BGC) vaccines, tetravalent (DTP-Hep B) and Pentavalent (DTP-Hep B+Hib) vaccines, Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BGC) vaccines, Inactivated Polio vaccines (IPV), Oral polio vaccines (OPV), and meningococcal vaccines. If theses urgently needed medical supplies will not be provided soon, there will be catastrophic consequences in Western Kurdistan, according to Dr. Eli Bijo.

translated by YASA- Juan Miro