The head of anesthesiologists in the Syrian Doctors Syndicate recently warned of a sharp decline in the number of anesthesiologists in the country, due to their large emigration abroad.
This warning sheds light on the phenomenon of brain drain and competencies from Syria, especially doctors of different specializations, due to the accumulation of crises that the country has been experiencing over the years of war.
The alarming statistics and figures reveal the extent of the imminent danger threatening the Syrian medical sector, as a result of the emigration of doctors abroad, including recent graduates. The number of anesthesiologists under the age of 30 is only 4 throughout Syria, while the number of doctors ranging from Ages between 30 and 40 years 65 doctors only.
As for anesthesiologists, aged between 40 and 50, there are about 300 doctors, which reflects the seriousness of the situation, and the rest are of retirement age, according to the statements of Zubaydah Shammout, head of anes thesiologists and pain management, in the Syrian Doctors Syndicate, to local media.
Shamout announced that the country had entered the circle of danger, with the total absence of any anesthesiologist in the entire Syrian governorates, such as Raqqa and Idlib, and a very small presence in other governorates such as Quneitra, where the number of anesthesiologists decreased to 5, in Daraa 6, 9 in Hasaka, and 11 in Deir Ezzor , and 15 in As-Suwayda.
Even in the capital, Damascus, the number of anesthesiologists does not exceed 150, while the total number of anesthesiologists in Damascus countryside is only 13.
Health experts point out that these small numbers, in a country as large as Syria, represent a shortage, according to scientific standards, of anesthetic cadres, which are almost non-existent, and which are one of the most important components of any integrated and sound health and medical system.
The experts expressed their astonishment at the failure of the responsible authorities to develop urgent plans and solutions to this serious problem, which threatens the lives of millions of Syrians, because the presence of an anesthesiologist is a prerequisite for performing surgical operations, even small ones, for patients and for monitoring them during and after them.