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Iraqi children head home today after receiving medical treatment

posted on 15/02/2007: 1999 views

Around 10 Iraqi children who were brought to the UAE for medical treatment are due to return home today after completing their treatment, the Red Crescent said.

On January 21, 55 injured and ill Iraqi children, travelled from Baghdad for medical treatment, at the behest of the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA).

The children, aged three months to 15 years, are the third batch of Iraqis to be treated in the UAE, following directives issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Confirming that 10 of the children would be returning to Iraq, Dr Saleh Al Ta'ei, manager of the relief section at the RCA, said they had completed their treatment and would travel today, conditions in Baghdad permitting.

"They have all received treatment here in Abu Dhabi, and we expect some of the children to return for further treatment and follow-ups within six months. The patients and parents are very happy with the care and have also received psychological services, as well as support and even pocket money for the children."

According to the RCA, the children have a range of illnesses, including cancer, but all have been affected mentally by the war in their country. Many of the children were not "physically injured" by the war in Iraq, but were "psychologically injured," Dr Al Ta'ei said.

An RCA delegation, including Dr Al Ta'ei, will accompany the patients on the trip back to Baghdad.

Dr Nawal Khalid, a specialist in ophthalmology at Al Mafraq Hospital who was put in charge of the group, said that everything had been done to look after the patients. "All of the patients have received all the possible care, including equipment, rehabilitation, and operations. We even sought second opinions from other hospitals in some cases where necessary," she told Gulf News.

"Whilst they were here, we didn't neglect a single aspect of their care. There will be follow-ups with some patients where needed." The remaining 45 patients will remain in care until they have concluded their treatment as well, she added. (Gulf News)


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