Typhoid fever threatens Syrian refugee camp

Yarmouk camp residents face typhoid fever that spreads from polluted water and food

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Residents wait to receive humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than a hundred people have contracted typhoid fever in the past two weeks in Yarmouk refugee camp outside the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Karim Shukr, the media and coordination officer for the Syria Crisis Response team of WHO said that "the humanitarian situation in the Yarmouk camp is bad."

"The authorities and WHO representatives have registered over 100 typhoid fever cases in the past two weeks among people who left the camp and live in the nearby villages of Yalda and Babila," Shukr said.

The leading cause of the infection is polluted water and food. 

It is also reported that problems with the lack of delivery of medical supplies and humanitarian aid is also an issue, hindering the current humanitarian crisis within the camp.

The latest ISIS attacks on the camps in April and the longstanding siege of the Assad regime make living conditions excruciating for camp residents.

Prior to the Syrian crisis, the number of Yarmouk camp residents were more than 110,000. However, with the eruption of the Syrian crisis, those numbers decreased to 18,000.

According to a resident in the Yarmok camp, daily necessities are being sold at inflated prices with a loaf of bread costing up to $10.

TRTWorld and agencies