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Video: Life and death in a makeshift Syrian hospital

A video from Médecins Sans Frontières, which has five fully-functioning makeshift hospitals in Syria, gives an insight into the work it does in the country.

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A VIDEO FILMED inside makeshift hospitals shows the extent of medical care needed in Syria as the current civil war continues.

It is recorded by Médecins Sans Frontières, which has set up five makeshift hospitals in northern Syria that treat not just people injured in the ongoing fighting, but also those suffering from common diseases, and women in need of maternity care.

According to MSF, doctors have been seeing an increase in psychological cases, especially regarding children and the elderly, as well as a rise in cases of diabetes and hypertension.

Due to the ongoing unrest, the country is suffering from a lack of medicines while the number of people in need of urgent medical care increases.

One doctor says in the video that they are always prepared for the possibility of mass casualty.

The healthcare system in the country has collapsed, leading to the need for assistance from organisations such as MSF.

The conflict in Syria began more than two years ago, initially with peaceful protests, before escalating into a civil war as the country’s regime tried to crack down on the revolt.

According to the UN, 5,000 people a month are dying in the conflict.

Focus: More than two years of conflict in Syria>

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