Basima al-Shater, the director of medical services in the Ministry of Interior, declared that there are about 8-9,000 injured members of Syria’s police force. She revealed that the ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Syria Trust for Development to provide assistance to the injured in its organ transplant center.
In an extended interview with Al-Watan, Shater said, "The ministry has spared no effort to provide everything the injured need, including medical supplies," pointing out that the costs of treatment are not limited to specific sums, since different injuries require different treatments. Some injuries require more than one million Syrian pounds ($4,700) a year to treat, she said.
She noted that the center collaborates with the general hospitals to provide all the amenities to injured police officers, adding that the center is currently collaborating with the University of Damascus to provide psychological support to the injured.
"Wounded people go through a tough psychological phase, especially those who have lost a body organ […] So, the psychological support is a way to help them. Regardless of what we can offer them, we still can't repay them.”
Shater also added that there is a memorandum of understanding with the Syrian Trust for Development (which is overseen by President Assad’s wife, Asmaa), to provide everything the patients need, especially that it owns a state-of-the-art limb transplantation center.
She added that the Trust also tries to assist in securing accommodation for the patients, as most of the injured reside in poor living conditions. “We give a simple sum of money through the Minister of Interior or through some foundations that have offered to help. Some people are interested in helping, so we give them the addresses of those who need it.”
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