Health Minister "Saad al-Nayef" stressed that developing the response of the health sector to the chemical risks is given great attention by the ministry during the current stage.
During a meeting with head of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Risk Assessment team, Mauritsio Barbiski, and WHO representative "Elizabeth Hoff" the minister pointed out that the ministry is in need of support in the field of training emergency cadres in the public hospitals and developing their capabilities to respond to chemical incidents.
Hoff said that the WHO in cooperation with Syrian Health Ministry will launch a number of workshops to ensure the readiness of the employees in the health sector to deal with chemical risks.
In a statement to SANA, Barbiski said that the goal of the workshops is beefing up the capacities of the workers in the health sector, pointing out to the importance of media in conveying general medical information about how to deal with chemical risks.
Meanwhile, al-Nayef, revealed that the second national polio vaccination campaign reached to 2,492,821 children, noting that this number does not include the vaccinated children in Raqqa province as the ministry could not obtain statistics from the province until now.
Minister al-Nayef pointed out that the campaign faced some difficulties as the armed terrorist groups attacked some vaccination convoys and medical staff in some areas and some foreign sides entered vaccination which did not comply with the agreed standards in illegal ways, but the families rejected to have their kids vaccinated by these vaccinations.
The Minister stressed that no new cases of polio were diagnosed and the total number so far is 17 cases, 15 of them in al-Mayadin in Deir Ezzor, one in Aleppo and one in Damascus countryside.
14 cases of those are of children under two years old and the others are under 5 years old and the majority of the cases are either unvaccinated of partially vaccinated, the minister added.
A vaccination campaign was launched on 5-9 January reaching to 271,746 children in Damascus countryside, 166, 645 in Aleppo, 208,330 children in Idleb, 85,182 children in Daraa.