A displacement camp in Syria. (Photo: MSF)
Activists from AlNeirab camp for Palestinian refugees, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, have warned of the swift propagation of coronavirus and pushed for hygienic funeral procedures.
The activists said people taking part in the funeral procession should wear face masks and gloves and use disinfectants to prevent a further propagation of COVID-19.
A number of Palestinian refugees taking shelter in AlNeirab camp have died of COVID-19 over recent days.
Recently, Palestinian political factions in Aleppo sent a petition to UNRWA, urging the Agency to take immediate action in response to the coronavirus outbreak in the camp.
The petition called on UNRWA to equip the camp with medical equipment and medicines to help the residents fight the deadly virus.
Confirmed coronavirus cases have been increasingly reported in AlNeirab refugee camp in Aleppo, at a time when residents have been launching cries for help over the absence of hygiene kit and medicines.
Civilians continue to slam UNRWA’s apathy, saying an urgent action is needed to save the camp.
Over recent months, human rights groups have warned of an unabated outbreak of COVID-19 in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria. Though campaigns to help spread awareness among the camps’ residents have recently seen the day, limited access to running water, pharmacies and medical facilities mean displacement camps are more susceptible to the spread of the highly infectious virus.
Displacement camps set up in northern Syria are especially vulnerable as most hospitals and medical facilities have been bombed, rendering them out of order.