Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:09

New Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Heevi Pediatric Hospital to give new born babies a fight chance

Dahuk, 25 Oct 2016: WHO in collaboration with Dahok Directorate of Health (DOH), Sassari University, and Associazione Italiana Solidarietà tra I Popoli (AISPO) opened on 12 Oct 2016 the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Heevi Pediatric Hospital in Dahuk.


The new nine bed capacity unit was established as part of a wider project coordinated between WHO, Dahuk health authorities, and the generous support of Office Of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Kuwait Government to scale up the capacity of Heevi Pediatric Hospital and ensure the delivery of quality services to IDPs, Syrian refugees, and the host community in the governorate.
The project was completed with WHO supporting the procurement and installation of the medical equipment, while construction work was funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and implemented by AISPO and Sassari University. Technical and medical assistance were mutually supported by both WHO and AISPO.
“We are focusing efforts on building the capacity of local professionals to sustain interventions in protracted emergencies,” said Altaf Musani, WHO Representative to Iraq. “Our coordination with the Ministry of Health and partners and donors will continue to meet the urgent health needs of displaced population and develop the institutional capacity,” he added.

“The displacement crisis in June 2014 overburdened the health facilities in Dahuk governorate due to the increase in case load and continuous exodus from the governorates affected by the conflict such as Ninawa, Salah Aldin, and Anbar,” said Dr. Nizar Esmat, Director General of Dahuk Directorate of Health (DOH). “The expected displacement from Mosul may further exhaust the already over-stretched health system in the governorate which would require additional resources for emergency response interventions,” he noted.

Heevi Pediatric Hospital was identified as a top priority as it provided response capacity to IDPs, Syrian refugees, as well as the hosting community in the governorate. However, the new NICU project is projected to provide higher capacity in the governorate including that for Mosul response. As of June 2015, DOH Dahok reported a total of 9842 children visited the out-patient department of the hospital, 65% of whom were IDPs; 2135 children were examined at the emergency department, 80% were IDPs; and 2138 new-born admissions, 75% were IDPs. Reports also indicated a total of 31 128 new-born were admitted to Heevi Hospital in the last 12 months, 70% of whom were IDPs as well.
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