It has already been a full two weeks, and the Hurriyyah [Freedom] Field Hospital has been closed to all except surgiery cases, in the northern Aleppo countryside.
The hospital was founded almost two years ago, through the individual efforts of volunteer doctors and nurses who offered their expertise to become the nearest treatment shelter for people from the region.
Tariq al-Najjar, Managing Director of the Hurriyyah hospital in his interview with Rozana says: "The hospital has offered great services to circa 650 diabetes patients. The hospital also comprises orthopedic, general surgery, neurological, urinary, and otorhinolaryngology clinics." He adds: "The estimated the number of injured who were receiving treatment in the hospital is two thousand patients. The Obstetrics and gynecology division was also recently activated, with many neonatal care units."
The hospital, which covered the city of Mare' and its surrounding villages, today is out of service. The reason, according to the hospital's management, is due to the failure of the interim government and the organizations supporting medical projects, to shoulder the operating costs and staff salaries. The staff have not received their salaries for four months to date.
In this regard, Ahmed al-Bakkour, a hospital staff member says: "Support was formerly limited to some health organizations and philanthropists. Since the Ministry of Health in the interim government was formed they ensured the hospital of their full support. However, they violated the contract terms during May, June and July of this year leading to the hospital having to suspend its services for financial reasons."
The hospital is currently seven thousand five hundred dollars in debt, due to the interruption of financial support for four months. The hospital's management, from their side, are awaiting the action of the Ministry of Health in the interim government. Will they address their request for relief, or will another field hospital be closed down?