In a surprise move, the Assad regime government’s Ministry of Heath has prevented doctors and pharmacists who want to specialize from leaving the country and forcing them to continue working for very low wages, creating widespread discontent among those in the medical sector.
Pro-regime pages published the decision by the Health Ministry which affects doctors who were hoping to undertake further examinations to specialize in their chosen field, while also informing the Migration and Passports Administration that those accepted are not allowed to leave the country.
Doctors who graduated recently from the medical colleges are trying to apply for specialization with the aim of securing a dispensation for military service, until they can leave the country. Therefore the Assad government has taken this measure in an attempt to prevent this phenomenon.
A doctor in the country earns about 50 dollars a month with long shifts, under a contract that forces full-time work.
The successive governments of the Assad regime have been known for their surprise and improvised decisions, which often come with security instructions and are taken without consideration or briefing.
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