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Basra receives UAE water filters

posted on 24/04/2003: 815 views

Basra yesterday received filter pumps for purification of drinking water, which were ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) will coordinate with the Iraqi authorities concerned to set up the pumps at Shatt Al Arab. The capacity of the pumps is 250,000 gallons per day, which will serve requirements of about 300 persons. A RCA delegation started supplying hospitals with urgent medicines.

The delegation yesterday handed over to the Iraqi authorities a new consignment of medicines to be distributed among Basra hospitals. Dr Jamal Al Ka'abi, the doctor accompanying the RCA delegation, described the health situation in the southern cities as "deteriorating". He indicated that Basra hospitals are lacking healthy environment, as well as medical equipment. He also said that the hospitals lack cleanliness. He said cases of black fever has been reported, and warned of increasing cases of diarrhoea caused by the polluted drinking water. He also indicated that diseases such meningitis, tuberculosis, typhoid have also been reported.

Dr Jamal described that health situation in cities like Umm Qasr, Zubair, Faw, Basra and Amara as very bad due to the decade-long economic sanctions imposed on Iraq. He warned that this deteriorating health situation will develop into a catastrophe if it is neglected. He said there was a complete absence of medical administrative authorities that could counter the present health situation. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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