Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:13

WHO scales up response to critical trauma needs as plans for West Mosul operations intensify

Erbil, 27 January 2017 – The Government of France through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has swiftly responded to the appeal of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health

, Iraq for urgent medicines and medical supplies used to manage the overwhelming number of casualty caseloads coming from East Mosul. The supplies consist of 20 surgical kits sufficient to conduct 2,000 surgical procedures, half of which will go to each of the two hospitals. It also contains lifesaving medicines sufficient to serve the needs of 12,000 patients.

“As we walked through the corridors of West Emergency hospital in Erbil and other hospitals receiving wounded patients in Iraq, we have witnessed the emotional and physical scars and heard about the unimaginable horrors suffered by men, women, girls and boys who have been targeted and innocently caught in the middle of this tragic crisis as they went about their normal lives. This support would not have come in timely,” said Mr. Altaf Musani, WHO Representative for Iraq.

“This support represents a partnership for humanity. We are very confident that this donation will have a direct impact in alleviating the suffering of thousands of people who have suffered years of hardship, many of whom have sustained shell injuries and gunshot wounds that will require a significant time of recovery and rehabilitation,” added Mr. Musani.

So far more than 3,300 casualties from east Mosul, many of whom are women and children have been treated in the two hospitals since 17 October 2016.

Since the beginning of the Mosul operations, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Regional Ministry of Health, Kurdistan Regional Government with the support of WHO have trained 60 medical doctors to better manage caseloads coming out of Mosul with advanced levels of sophistication to deal with surgical interventions needed to sustain lives.
WHO has also provided lifesaving medical supplies for patients in and around camps, hospitals within in Mosul and other parts of Iraq. More than 20 trauma kits sufficient to conduct 2,000 surgeries and over 15 surgical kits enough for 1500 injured patients were delivered to hospitals and trauma stabilization points.

As the frontlines move towards west Mosul unfolds, WHO and partners anticipate a much higher number of trauma cases in the coming months. These will require urgent and critical trauma care. As the capacities in the two hospitals in Erbil are expanded and strengthened, they will be better prepared not only respond to the critical trauma needs of cases from Mosul but will benefit all people in Erbil seeking emergency services.


For more information, please contact:
Ajyal Sultany, Communications Officer, WHO Iraq
Mobile: +974 7510101469; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pauline Ajello, Communication Officer, WHO Iraq
Mobile: +964 751 010 1460; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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