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Russian doctors use mobile field hospital to provide medical care to Aleppo residents

February 17, 2017, 10:58 updated at: February 17, 2017, 11:01 UTC+3 ALEPPO

More than 200 people receive medical care and consultations from the field hospital every day

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ALEPPO /Syria/, February 17. /TASS/. The Russian special purpose medical detachment carries out consultations and provides eastern Aleppo residents with medical supplies in a field hospital deployed to different parts of the city daily, head of the field hospital group, Dmitry Onishchenko, told reporters.

"We deliver medical care and provide people with medicines for a full course of treatment so that they do not have to go to local pharmacies, since many of these people do not have such an opportunity," he said. According to Syrian medics, militants have destroyed local hospitals and out-patient clinics, not only that but many doctors had left Aleppo when hostilities were underway. The remaining hospitals have shortages of medicines because of the Western sanctions imposed against Syria.

More than 200 people receive medical care and consultations from the field hospital every day. Russian military police officers ensure the medical staff’s safety. To understand patients’ problems better, the doctors began learning the Arabic language.

A local woman with her daughter named Rusiya (that’s the Arabic for Russia) is one of the patients of this field hospital. The girl was born when Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods were liberated from terrorists at the end of last year.

"When I returned from the maternity ward with my daughter, a homemade mortar bomb fired by militants exploded near our house. I was frightened and prayed to God so that the Russian army would help rout the terrorists as soon as possible," Amina Nasan said. "And the next day I heard that eastern Aleppo was liberated. I was so happy and called my daughter Rusiya in honor of your country."

"Western countries have caused our medical industry practically just as much damage as the terrorists. They imposed sanctions against our country. Because of this, we cannot import needed medication, new equipment and even spare parts for old equipment. Still, these people keep talking about mercy and human rights violations in our country," said Ibrahim Hadid, Director of the Aleppo University Hospital.

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