Bulgarian Health Official Assuages Fears of Epidemics over Refugee Influx
Currently there is no threat of epidemics in Bulgarian refugee shelters, the Chief National Health Inspector, Dr Angel Kunchev, has assuaged.
Speaking for the public radio Monday, he explained such threat could arise if the situation changes in the future, but stressed the authorities were applying efforts to reduce the risk to the minimum and be prepared for an adequate and quick reaction.
"For the moment we have enough capacity. We will strengthen the regional health inspectorates in the cities of Haskovo, Yambol, and Burgas, both financially and with additional staff, but such situation cannot be planned; emergency situations cannot be forecasted," Kunchev explained.
He said the healthcare system in Syria was now in critical state as 60% of all health facilities are closed.
"Let's have an understanding here – this will worsen," the Chief Health Inspector pointed out.
He explained all refugee shelters in Bulgaria were staffed with doctors and had facilities for medical exams and for isolation of those with contagious diseases. He confirmed there were cases of AIDS and syphilis among the refugees, but the average number was similar to the ones among local population.
"We strive to provide adequate medical treatment and avoid any danger for the families of the refugees or for Bulgarians. There is no reason for alarm whatsoever currently," Kunchev stressed.
He has sent a letter to the WHO asking them to share with Bulgaria the experience of Turkey and Jordan in accommodating and caring for refugees.
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