Health Ministry launches campaign to boost routine vaccination for U-5 children

Health Ministry launched a campaign to follow up vaccination dropouts and to boost routine vaccination for under-5 children.

SANA’s reporter said that the campaign will last till May 11th in different provinces.

The campaign is being implemented, according to the Director of Primary Health Care Department at the Ministry, Dr. Razan Tarabishi, in 981 health centers and through 821 mobile teams covering various regions, with the participation of 5345 health workers.

According to Dr. Tarabishi, the campaign aims to assess the vaccination status of about 2 million and 800 thousand children in various provinces.

She noted that the aim of the campaign is to ensure that children complete all the vaccinations included in the national vaccination program, follow up on children who drop out of it, give them the vaccines they deserve, and provide them with a new vaccination card if it is not available.

It is noteworthy that the vaccines included in the national vaccination program enhance the immunity of children and protect them from dangerous childhood diseases, namely polio, tuberculosis, tetanus, measles, rubella, diphtheria, mumps, whooping cough, hepatitis and other diseases.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

National Earthquake Center: 7 quakes recorded in past 24 hours

Seven tremors with a magnitude ranging between 2.3 and 3.5 have been recorded over the past 24 hours, the National Earthquake Center said.

The center added in a statement that the stations of the National Seismic Network have recorded 4 quakes in Liwa Iskenderun with a magnitude ranging between 2.3 and 2.8, in addition to a 2.9 magnitude tremor in Lebanon, a 3.5 magnitude quake in Turkey and a 3.2 magnitude quake in Hama central province.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Israeli occupation forces arrest eleven Palestinians in the West Bank

The Israeli occupation troops arrested on Sunday eleven Palestinians in different areas in the west Bank.

Palestinian media outlets reported that the occupation forces stormed the towns of Jabal Mukaber in Jerusalem, al-Auja in Jericho, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour in Bethlehem, Ras Karkar in Ramallah, and the Masafer Yatta area in Hebron and arrested nine Palestinians including an old woman on Karama crossing in Jericho, and a young man at one of their checkpoints in the town of Surra, west of Nablus.

On Saturday the occupation troops arrested five Palestinians in the West Bank.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Arab foreign ministers announce resumption of Syria’s participation in Arab League meetings

Arab League foreign ministers adopted a decision no.8914 on resumption participation of delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic in the Council of Arab League’s meetings and all its organizations and agencies, as of May 7, 2023.

The decision was made following the Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Sunday.

Full text of the statement of the Council of the League of Arab held at the ministerial level:

??Reiterate the commitment to the preservation of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and stability of Syria, under the Charter of the Arab League and its principles.

??Continue and intensify the Arab efforts aimed at helping Syria to emerge from its crisis and end the suffering of the brotherly Syrian people that has lasted over the past years, and in line with the common Arab interest and the fraternal relations that they unite all the Arab peoples, including the Syrian people.

??Welcome the Arab statements issued by Jeddah meeting on Syria on April 14, 2023 and the Amman meeting on Syria on May 1, 2023.

??Assuming a pioneering Arab role in efforts to resolve the humanitarian, political, and security consequences of the Syrian crisis on the Syrians and address its implications on other neighboring countries mainly when it comes to terrorism, drug smuggling and refugees.

??Welcome the Syrian Arab Republic’s willingness to cooperate with Arab States to implement outputs relevant Arab statements and the need to implement the commitments and consensus reached at the Amman meeting as well as adopting the necessary mechanisms to activate the Arab role.

??Stress the need for taking a practical and effective action to solve the crisis based on “step for step” principle and in light of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, starting with moving forward with the steps that allow delivering the humanitarian aid to those in need in Syria in accordance with relevant mechanisms adopted by the Security Council.

??Form a ministerial joint liaison committee of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and the Secretary-General of the League to follow up the implementation of Amman Statement and to continue a direct dialogue with the Syrian government to find a comprehensive solution that address the implications of the Syrian crisis in accordance with “step for step” principle and in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.The committee should submit periodic ministerial-level reports to the Council of the Arab League.

??Resume the participation of Syrian government delegations in the meetings of the Arab League Council and all the affiliated organizations and bodies as of the day of 7th May 2023.

??Request the Secretary-General to follow up the implementation of this decision and inform the council of developments.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Foreign Ministry: Syria receives with interest the decision on its resuming participation of Arab League’s meeting

Ministry of Foreign and Expatriates affairs said that Syria received with interest the decision taken by the Council of the League of Arab which met at the level of foreign ministers in Cairo.

“Syria has been following the positive trends and interactions that are currently taking place in the Arab region, and believes that these benefit all Arab countries and favor the stability, security and well-being of their peoples,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“Syria has received with interest the decision issued by the meeting of the Council of the League of Arab States regarding the resumption of the participation of delegations of the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic in the meetings of the Council of the League and all its affiliated organizations and agencies, as of May 7, 2023,” the statement read.

The statement stressed the importance of dialogue and joint action to confront the challenges facing the Arab countries.

The statement indicated that Syria is a founding member of the Arab League and has always had a strong position in favor of strengthening joint Arab action.

The Ministry concluded its statement by reaffirming that the next stage requires an effective and constructive Arab approach on the bilateral and collective levels based on the basis of dialogue, mutual respect, and the common interests of the Arab nation.”

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Prime Minister: Syria has entered the phase of openness and constructive and productive cooperation

Prime Minister Hussein Arnous said that Syria has entered a new stage of openness and constructive and productive cooperation.

Delivering a speech at the People Assembly’s session on Sunday, Arnous said that “We hope that this phase is the prelude to the end of the suffering of our people resulting from the unjust unilateral sanctions and the looting of their natural wealth by the US occupation and its agents in eastern Syria.”

Regarding the government’s response to the aftermath of the earthquakes, Arnous explained that the State institutions faced an additional challenge and a new test of a different and unprecedented type.

“It was challenging in terms of time and material, financial and human resources, exhausted by the long war on terror,” he said.

The Premier revealed that the earthquake disaster caused the death of 1,414 people and injuries 2,367, while 1,553 were rescued from under the rubble.

He indicated that the number of families affected rose to 224,762 with a total of more than one million people, while the number of families in shelter centers is 1,348 families.

Arnous added that the number of uninhabitable buildings as a result of the earthquakes was 9,194, and must be demolished, while 66,889 buildings require reinforcement and 140,386 are safe buildings.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency