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UAE to fully equip six Iraqi hospitals

posted on 21/04/2003: 724 views

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday ordered that full medical equipment and supplies be provided for six Iraqi hospitals at his own expense. Sheikh Zayed also instructed 12 ambulances as well as vaccinations of black fever and testing equipment for malaria and cholera to be extended to Iraqi hospitals. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Red Crescent Society, RCS, said that the President had instructed the RCS to implement such projects immediately.

He added that the President's quick response to suffering of the Iraqi people reflected the great concern the UAE leaders to alleviate the plight of the Iraqi people, noting that the RCS will exert its maximum effort to provide all necessary assistance to the Iraqi people. "Iraq needs massive humanitarian assistance and the provision of medical equipment is part of the efforts aimed at meeting the needs of Iraqi hospitals and other health services," he said. He added that the donated equipment would be sent urgently to Iraq by sea or by air as part of the Society's continued humanitarian assistance to Iraq. He said that vaccinations against black fever had already been supplied to Iraqi hospitals due to the seriousness of the disease and its spread among children.

Sheikh Hamdan added that RCS has already made contacts with pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment suppliers to secure the necessary quantity of medicine and equipment. Meanwhile, Salem Ali Salem Al Ghafli, head of the Society's fifth delegation, described the health situation in Iraq as "tragic". He said the hospitals were unable to provide any medicines to patients, noting that the Society's delegation had provided medicines and equipment to some hospitals. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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