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Síria: À guerra junta-se aumento alarmante de doenças

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A Organização Mundial de Saúde detetou o primeiro surto de poliomielite, em 14 anos, na Síria, onde os médicos estão a braços também com vários casos de febre tifóide, hepatite e até de parasitas que "comem" os tecidos dos pacientes. VEJA AS FOTOS DO DIA-A-DIA- NA SÍRIA

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2012 World Press Photo of the year by Samuel Aranda, Spain, for The New York Times

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Só na província de Deir Ezzor, no nordeste do país, 22 pessoas apresentam sintomas "muito provavelmente" de poliomielite, nas palavras de Oliver Rosenbawer, da Iniciativa para a Erradiação Global da Pólio da Organização Mundial de Saúde.  "Ainda precisamos da confirmação de um laboratório, mas tudo indica que se trata da doença", que estava erradicada da Síria há já 14 anos.

A poliomielite é uma doença altamente infecciosa que ataca o sistema nervoso e pode provocar paralisia em poucas horas. Graças à vacinação, o número de casos a nível mundial caiu dos 350 mil registados em 1988 para os 223 do ano passado. No caso da Síria, o último caso tinha sido reportado em 1999. 

Mas a guerra civil em curso, que impossibilita levar a cabo um programa de vacinação adequado, juntamente com as condições de vida muito degradadas e o acesso reduzido a cuidados de saúde estão a levar outras preocupações aos médicos, que registam já um aumento de casos de febre tifóide, hepatite, parasitas que se alimentam dos tecidos do doente e leishmaniose.

Um estudo da OMS, no início deste ano, concluia que pelo menos 35% dos hospitais do país tinham sido danificados ou destruídos no conflito e que, em algumas regiões, 70% dos funcionários ligados à Saúde tinham fugido.