SYRIA REFUGEES DENIED CANCER TREATMENT

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GENEVA: Lack of funds is forcing aid workers to deny Syrian war victims and other refugees with cancer the care they need, the United Nations refugee agency’s top medical expert warned on Monday. With millions of Syrians driven from their homes by three years of conflict, and huge numbers having fled a decade of violence in Iraq, health systems in the region have been overwhelmed. “We can treat everyone with measles, but we can’t treat everyone with cancer,” said Paul Spiegel, medical chief for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Doctors are therefore having to make heart-rending decisions about who gets cancer care and who is left to fend for themselves.

AFP

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