At least 6,000 Syrian children have been vaccinated by Turkish health officials against measles and polio, after they have crossed into Turkey escaping from US-led airstrikes in northeast Syria.
Over the last two weeks, more than 15,000 civilians have entered Turkey fleeing fighting and bombings in the city of Tal Abyad.
Public health director of the southeastern Sanliurfa province, Yasar Simsek, told Anadolu Agency: “Measles and polio were both serious contagious diseases for Syria, as we knew of past cases in the country. We have taken preventive measures against them.”
The children are of 15-year-old and under, he added.
It is an oil-rich city located 65 kilometres east of Kobane and also a key city between Turkey and northern Syrian province of Raqqa.
Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) Syrian affiliated PYD’s military wing, almost captured the area from the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) on Monday, with the help of US-led airstrikes.
A health team of 20 people have been offering ambulatory care service, namely for females and children in the border region and that the refugees can get free service from family health centres in Akcakale districts of Sanliurfa province for 24 hours.
On Monday another 2,800 Syrian refugees crossed into Turkey through the southern Akcakale border gate, said Turkish officials since the border was opened on Sunday afternoon.
According to UN estimates, more than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the war that started as an uprise and descended later into a complex civil war. More than 6.7 million people have fled the country while millions of others are displaced internally.
Resource: TRT World, June 15, 2015