x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

UAE hospital treats more than 30,000 Syrian refugees in five months

The Mafraq hospital on Jordan's Syria border cares for 600 refugees a day, many with war wounds that have festered for months.

ABU DHABI // In the five months since it opened, the UAE's field hospital in Mafraq on Jordan's border with Syria has treated more than 30,000 patients.

It has cared for up to 600 refugees a day, many with war wounds that have festered for months.

The UAE Red Crescent had been working in the country for months before the hospital was built, searching for refugees who had not found shelter in the Zaatari camp.

"We found one family living in a public toilet," said Ahmad Al Mazrouie, who chairs the charity. "Imagine. They would eat, sleep, and do everything there."

The Red Crescent helped them with camp accommodation, as well as furniture, blankets and food.

The UAE has also provided the International Organisation for Migrants with six buses to transport refugees from the border to the camps, and two ambulances.

Two mobile field clinics have also toured areas outside the camps where refugees had congregated.

"The field hospital is the first to operate everything electronically," Mr Al Mazrouie said. "You can do operations there, there is an ICU. We help every vulnerable person, with whatever they need. When they need us we will be there."

osalem@thenational.ae