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Baghdad's Zayed Hospital a boon for war victims

posted on 14/05/2003: 968 views

The Zayed Hospital, which was opened here on May 6 has proved to be a boon for the people of this war-torn country where medical infrastructure has been completely destroyed. The hospital is located in the Olympic Hospital building, once owned by Uday, son of former Iraqi president, Saddam Hussain. Yousuf Mohammed Al Harmoudy, Director of the hospital, said the Iraqis have suffered greatly from the international sanctions imposed on their country and they are badly in need of help.

Following the downfall of Saddam regime, President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan had ordered to set up a hospital in Baghdad as soon as possible to provide medical assistance to the Iraqis, he said. Al Harmoudy said the health situation in Iraq is deteriorating day by day and most of the Iraqi hospitals lack medicines and doctors and surgeries are being carried out without anaesthesia.

The hospital is fully operating with a UAE medical team, including 150 doctors, nurses, and administrators. On the first day of its inauguration, the hospital received 450 patients, 800 in the second day and 1,050 the third day. The number is expected to rise to over 2,000 in the coming days. Al Harmoudy said most of the patients have burns, gunshot wounds, shrapnel injuries and children suffering from malnutrition. The hospital is operating ten hours a day but will start operating around the clock as soon as the security situation improves in Baghdad. It is also providing medicines and equipment, including ten ambulances, to a number of Iraqi hospitals.

Meanwhile, the UAE Red Crescent Authority has continued its relief work in many Iraqi cities. The RCA team continued the distribution of medical and food supplies in many residential areas in Baghdad and Mosul, in the presence of tribal dignitaries, said Salim Ali Salim, head of the RCA fifth delegation in Mosul. He said two relief aircraft landed in the city and that two more plans were expected to airlift supplies to the city within the next couple of days. He added that a delegation has just returned to Mosul from Turkey, where they purchased relief items. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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