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Measles spread inside Ain Issa camp

Abdalaziz Alhamza “RBSS”

More than sixty measles cases, along with a death of one child, have been reported in Ain Issa camp which is 50 km north Raqqa city. This camp is comprised of nearly 3000 tents inhabited by more than 20 thousand displaced people from Raqqa city and Deir Ez-zor.

Measles, a viral infection, usually impacts children most severely. Symptoms include rashes, slight fever, nausea, and mild pharyngitis. It is transmitted from one person to another via droplets of phlegm passing through the air during coughs and sneezes. Measles carries the risk of developing into encephalitis.

A staff from the camp’s health center informed an RBSS reporter that a Dutch team from Médecins Sans Frontières working in the camp is to launch a vaccination campaign in the coming days to combat the measles spreading. The campaign will target more than 10 thousand people, mostly children ranging from 6 months to 15 years old.

The suffering of civilians is increasing due to a chronic lack of primary health care and basic life necessities. The services provided are limited to the provision of drinking water and one meal each day. The absence of any role played by the so-called Raqqa Civil Council is shocking – especially since their office is just 900 meters away from the camp. In fact, the Council remains thoroughly preoccupied coordinating parades to glorify the terrorist Abullah Ocalan, leader of the PKK.