Temporary closures of 7 private hospitals in North and East Syria after refusals to admit emergency patients

ZALIN ܙܐܠܝܢ (QAMISHLI) and DAYRIK (AL- MALIKIYAH), Syria – On Monday, the Health Directorate of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria announced the closer of seven private hospitals in Zalin (Qamishli) and Dayrik (Al-Malikiyah) for four days during April due to the lack of commitment to medical tariffs and their reluctance to receive emergency cases.

According to text of the decision issued on Monday, the hospitals, Farman and Al-Rahma in Zalin and Suleiman Saleh Hospital and Yacoub Salem Surgical Hospital in Dayrik will be closed from 16 to 20 April. Nafez and Dar al-Shifa hospitals in Zalin will be closed from 20 to 24 April.

The Dayrik Health Directorate has stipulated that Al-Salam Hospital will remain open but be restricted to receiving emergency cases only.

The temporary closures come after several hospitals refused to receive ambulances that were then ferried from one hospital to another. The move is intended as a warning to other private hospitals in the area refusing to admit more costly emergency patients.