Homs district in Syria faces health care crisisListen /
Provision of health care services in the Homs district of Syria is hampered by a lack of facilities and qualified health workers, according to the World Health Organization ( WHO).
The agency says that 44 public and private hospitals have been extensively damaged in the on-going conflict, leaving only 14 hospitals in operation.
WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic says there is also a severe shortage of qualified health workers in Homs.
"At least 50% of the medical doctors have left Homs. It has been reported to WHO that there are only three surgeons in the whole of the Governorate. At present, many of the health facilities are staffed with volunteers who have no medical or health training. The Homs branch of the Syrian Red Crescent Society used to have 27 physicians employed in their polyclinics. Presently only 4 of the 27 physicians continue to report for duty."
WHO estimates that over 550,000 people inHomsare in need of humanitarian assistance.