More than 1,400 cases of leishmaniasis in Hama

More than 1,400 cases of leishmaniasis in Hama

Nov 21 2023

ARK News… Hama Governorate, which is under the control of the Syrian regime, recorded 14,642 cases of leishmaniasis during the first ten months of 2023 compared to last year.

Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the Syrian regime, on Monday, November 20, 2023, quoted the director of the Leishmaniasis Control Center in Hama, Basil Ibrahim, that the total number of infections during the year 2022 was about 13,528 infections, meaning an increase of about 1,114 infections, with an infinite number, because it does not include The number of infections in the current month of November, and possible in next December, and he attributed this to the failure to achieve environmental sanitation conditions in most of the hotspots of the disease’s spread, due to the weak capabilities of administrative units and the lack of cleaning workers, equipment and machinery.

The director of the Leishmaniasis Control Center in Hama added that leishmaniasis is an environmental disease par excellence that has been endemic in Hama Governorate for many years, and some places in the governorate are considered traditional hotbeds of the disease.

Ibrahim pointed to the leakage of trained health personnel, the poor environmental situation in general, and the lack of services, which led to an increase in the number of infections, and the emergence of leishmaniasis infections in new areas where they were not previously present.

The poor service situation is one of the reasons for the spread of leishmaniasis, such as the accumulation of garbage in and around residential neighborhoods, the presence of exposed sewage networks, and the lack of water and electricity.

The Leishmaniasis Center's treatment varies between examination, local injections with liquid nitrogen, and cardiac consultation for myotherapy patients (a large lesion near the eye or nose), in addition to giving mosquito nets to myotherapy patients.