Appeal for medical items and equipment

From front, Muslima Nadira Miah, Ruhi Akhtar, Ghafoor Hussain and Nazreen Kauser in the mobile kitchen at the Dunkirk refugee camp.

From front, Muslima Nadira Miah, Ruhi Akhtar, Ghafoor Hussain and Nazreen Kauser in the mobile kitchen at the Dunkirk refugee camp.

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A member of the Sanctuary Network Morpeth group is appealing for medical aid for injured civilians and volunteers in Syria.

Supplies are thin on the ground and a number of hospitals in the country have been destroyed or badly damaged in recent months as the conflict continues.

Ruhi Akhtar is currently collecting wound care items such as antiseptic dressings, suture packs, sterile gauze, Celox, saline and bandaging.

Equipment including defibrillators, pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitors, surgical instruments and foetal dopplers, devices such as air walkers and neck braces and mobilisation aids – walking aids, wheelchairs and crutches – are also on the list.

The other category is over the counter medications, for example antiseptic cream, Ibuprofen, cough syrup and antifungal cream.

Ruhi said: “Although we are limited as to what we can send from here, I can at least send enough aid to provide some comfort or even save a few lives.

“The Celox in particular is important. It is a haemostat that helps to arrest haemorrhaging and excessive bleeds ideal for trauma wounds.

“It could potentially stop a bleed and save a life.”

She is fund-raising online – www.gofundme.com/voice4voiceless – so she can buy some of these items.

They will be collected by a van from a Midlands-based charity and placed within a shipping container to Syria that will be sent in the next couple of weeks.

Ruhi was part of a recent initiative where a team of people went to a refugee camp in Dunkirk, France, in a coach-style bus that was converted into a mobile kitchen.

About 2,500 people in the camp were given some lamb biriyani and a banana.

She said: “When food is taken to refugee camps there’s rarely enough for everybody, so we made the biriyanis in bulk with the intention that no-one should go without.”

For more information and to arrange a drop-off if you can donate a medical item or equipment by March 12, call Ruhi on 07984 181736 or email ruhiloren@yahoo.com