Iraq: UN health agency delivers medical aid to newly retaken areas of Mosul

On the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, WHO is building a field hospital with 2 operating rooms and 48 beds to treat the injured. Photo: WHO

16 February 2017 – The United Nations health agency has delivered medical supplies to parts of eastern Mosul, the Iraqi city liberated from the Islamic State (ISIL), where clinics are receiving an influx of people in urgent need of medical care.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the supplies “will support treatment of patients with infectious diseases, chronic conditions, diarrheal diseases and trauma cases who have been deprived of medical care.”

According to the press release, the supplies are a donation from the Government of Norway and include medicines, emergency health kits, surgical kits and an interagency diarrheal disease kits.

They were delivered to newly retaken areas of Mosul, including 16 primary health centres, one hospital and the Directorate of Health (DOH) of Ninewa – the governorate which includes Mosul.

WHO has appealed for $65 million to support health interventions in this part of Iraq through the end of the year. So far, $14 million has been received.

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