Wednesday, 19 August 2015 18:14

Health facilities in Anbar receive urgent medical support

Baghdad, 11 August 2015. The World Health Organization dispatched an emergency consignment of life saving medicines and medical supplies to health facilities in Haditha city and Al-Baghdadi district which were under siege by the armed opposition groups (AOG) since over one year.

The Ministry of Health supported the airlifting of this consignment through Al Asad Airbase in Al Anbar Governorate, 180km west of Baghdad. The consignment contained 7 Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHKs) which included one Basic kit (containing essential medicines), two Surgical kits, two Trauma A & B kits, and one IDDK Basic kit. The total consignment is sufficient to treat 16,000 people for a duration of three months.

Haditha city which hosts the approximate of 80,000 people is supported by one general hospital of 200 bed capacity and 14 Primary Health Care Centres (PHCCs), six of which are not functioning due to different degrees of damage. Al-Baghdadi district, meanwhile, has three PHCCs of which only one located in the housing compound near Al-Asad Airbase is operational.

Previous attempts of delivering 4,854kg of medical supplies to Haditha and 1473kg to Al-Baghdadi failed to reach the targeted destination due to the escalation of conflict.
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Link to a number of photos:
Caption: WHO life-saving medicines and medical supplies airlifted to Haditha and Al Baghdadi areas in Al Anbar governorate. WHO photo©

For more information please contact:
Ajyal Sultany, Communications Officer, WHO Office for Iraq | +964 7510101469 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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