Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  

The general doctor at the People's Hospital in the city of al-Hasakah revealed that alarming numbers of children were exposed to cases of poisoning and stomach and intestinal disorders as a result of contaminated water, and the hospital's inability to accommodate the numbers arriving to it daily, calling on the residents of the region to be careful as it leads to death.

Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  
Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  
Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  
Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  
Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  
Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  
Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  
Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  
Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  
Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  
Tremendous numbers of patients in Hasakah due to contaminated water  
13 June 2024   06:44
AL-HASAKAH
DIYA AHMED, HANAR IBRAHIM

The People's Hospital in the city of Hasakah receives dozens of children and elderly people daily who are exposed to poisoning and face stomach and intestinal disorders as a result of the contaminated drinking water they use in light of the high temperatures.

More than one and a half million residents of the city of al-Hasakah and its environs resort to buying tanker water, as a result of the Turkish occupation cutting off the water from the Alouk station since its occupation of Ras al-Ain and the Alouk station, which provides al-Hasakah city, as its residents have not been able to obtain Alouk water for 9 months and to this day. As a result of it being cut off by the occupying state in a systematic and continuous manner.

The general physician at the People’s Hospital in the city of Hasakah, Rizgar Khalil, confirmed to ANHA's agency: “During the past two months, cases of poisoning and so-called gastroenteritis have increased, which greatly affects children and the elderly.”

Contaminated water is the reason

Doctor Rizgar Khalil explained: “The large numbers of patients we see have many causes, most notably contaminated water, which causes severe diarrhea and severe nausea in children, and leads to dehydration and disturbance of electrolytes, which threatens the child’s health and life.”

Rizgar Khalil noted that the summer season and high temperatures also have a major impact on the increase in the number of infected people. He said: “The People’s Hospital receives dozens of cases every day that vary between serious and low-risk, and we can avoid them by providing the necessary treatment to the patient.”

The Al-Hasakah Water Directorate announced in a statement in July 2023 that Turkey had turned al-Hasakah into a disaster area, and called on the relevant organizations to circumvent the humanitarian catastrophe resulting from the Turkish occupation cutting off its drinking water.

1,200 sick cases within a month

Rizgar Khalil revealed the increasing number of patients: “The number of cases is increasing. During the past month, the number of cases reached approximately 1,200 patients, only in the People’s Hospital, not to mention the hospitals in the city, especially after the children’s department was filled and distributed to other departments.” Therefore, the city’s residents transfer their children to other hospitals, due to the lack of beds inside the People’s Hospital sufficient for the number of patients, and treating these cases is not permissible at home and should be treated within hospitals.”

Doctor Rizgar Khalil appealed to the residents of the city of al-Hasakah to be careful, and said: “Sometimes these cases (of those who are exposed to poisoning and face stomach and intestinal disorders) lead to death, and what we hope is that the residents of the region and the families will visit the medical centers if they notice these symptoms in their children.”

According to numbers obtained by our correspondent, about 800 mobile tankers supply the city daily, in addition to civil organizations distributing water by filling tanks and placing them in neighborhoods to serve the people.

T/ Satt.

ANHA