Al Jazeera Net correspondent
Northern Syria- Syrian nurse Reham al-Halabi (a pseudonym) is preparing to travel to work in Iraq, after spending almost 8 years of her work in the nursing profession, with a monthly salary comparable to that received in a Syrian government hospital. 10 times more. Which she describes as harsh and difficult.
Al-Halabi says his monthly salary of about 260,000 Syrian pounds (US$18) is barely enough to cover the costs of food, drinks and transportation for a few days a month, in exchange for the harsh working conditions he faces. Is required. Working more than 12 hours a day, even on official holidays and holidays.
He said in his interview with Al Jazeera Net that nurses in Syria do not receive any cash option or incentive for overtime, while they are paid an amount for the nature of the work which, unlike the rest, is 5% of the monthly salary. It is not much. Medical staff, including doctors and anesthesia technicians, who get almost 100%.
The nurse confirmed that most of her colleagues are thinking about fleeing Syria, and are waiting for a fair opportunity to travel outside the country and work in better conditions, noting that what stops them is Apart from governance there is the lack of travel costs. Government and Health Ministry restrictions on survivors and preventing them from resigning.
As the conflict between the opposition and the regime in Syria has escalated into an armed conflict, the country has seen a severe shortage of medical personnel, which has increased in recent years, combined with low wages and poor living conditions in the country. Eats. About the collapse of the Syrian pound and the economic crisis.
Nursing field is over
According to the state newspaper al-Baath, thousands of Syrian nurses have resigned over the past five years, warning that this severe shortage has led to a decline in the quality of health care, high mortality rates linked to infections and deterioration . Chances of survival of patients.
The newspaper reported that the nursing sector in Syria has been decimated. One nurse provides health care to every 15 patients on an unusual scale, as medical laws stipulate that one nurse must serve 5 patients in regular departments in hospitals.
Pediatrician Zeid al-Assad believes that the war in Syria has placed additional burden on the ranks of nurses among the rest of the medical staff, which in turn has resulted in their efforts going unnoticed and their monthly salaries not meeting their needs. used to do.
“Migration and leakage of the medical sector is a natural path that occurs during wars and crises that countries face,” al-Assad said in an interview with Al Jazeera Net, adding that the Syrian government is struggling to maintain medical Takes the biggest responsibility for his failure. employees, by improving their wages and allowances according to the nature of work.”
Al-Assad points out that the wage gap between Syria and neighboring countries played a major role in the migration of Syrian nurses, attracting them to work with better living conditions, emphasizing that the remaining Syrian medical personnel were protected Security solutions are useless.
The Syrian doctor reported that to date the Ministry of Health has not activated the Syrian Nursing Syndicate, as stipulated in Decree No. 38 of 2012, and has not approved its internal and financial systems, nor the president of any nursing union. Has been appointed. Elected, nor has any retirement fund been created for nurses.
In the government's effort to curb nurses' resignations and attrition, the Ministry of Higher Education has increased the fine imposed on graduate nurses for not attending work in public hospitals to 7 million Syrian pounds (about 500). US dollars), because it is held that the graduate nurse who is not enrolled in the hospital to which she was directed “did not fulfill her obligations,” and she and her guardian are reimbursed for “expenses paid to her.” Is being asked to double. And he is being prosecuted.
The decision to increase the fine also specified conditions for accepting the nurse's resignation, or transferring her before the end of her commitment to hospital service, at a time when nurses said resignation had become almost impossible.