“Madaya is afflicted with meningitis. This confirmation has come after the diagnosis conducted on the family members of the child Yaman Ezz al-Deen," the city health officer Dr. Mohammad al-Yusuf said in video footage published on the medical body of Madaya.
The medical body documented 22 cases of the serious disease, most of them children. Primitive ways of treatment are used, including cold water to reduce the temperature.
Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The most common symptoms are fever, headache and neck stiffness. Other symptoms include confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light or loud noises. Young children often exhibit only nonspecific symptoms, such as irritability, drowsiness, or poor feeding.
The use of “starve or surrender” tactics by the terrorists of Assad regime and Hezbollah who besiege the city increased scrutiny after photos and videos emerged in emaciated, desperate children of Madaya, where dozens of people are thought to have starved to death.