Doctors urge Syrian government to allow them access to patients

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5698
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Doctors and aid agencies are urging the Syrian government to allow medical and other aid relief into the country to alleviate the worsening humanitarian crisis.

Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society and a critical care specialist in Chicago, told a debate on the health crisis in Syria that he welcomed the renewed diplomatic and international focus on the warring country since the chemical attack on Damascus in August. But he said that the country’s deteriorating humanitarian situation had to be a priority.

Sahloul said, “It is morally repulsive that we are talking about creating safe passage for chemical weapons inspectors but we are not allowing safe passage for humanitarian organisations.”

During the debate, organised by the Global Health Policy Center in Washington, DC, and held at its headquarters, Sahloul …

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