Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The Health Situation in Iraq Is Bleak. (WHO News)

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The Health Situation in Iraq Is Bleak. (WHO News)

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The WHO press office issued the following update on April 16.

A team from WHO has conducted a preliminary assessment of health facilities in the northern town of Mosul, in Ninawa Governorate. They report that the main hospitals in the town have been partially looted, and are operating at about 50% capacity. Most of the health centres in Mosul are also reported to have been looted and burnt, as have the Department of Health offices and at least some of their warehouse facilities.

WHO is working with local health authorities in the three Northern Governorates to support health facilities in Kirkuk. They have agreed to move emergency supplies to Kirkuk to meet some of the urgent needs identified during the last few days. WHO is also working to find ways to provide urgently needed financial support to keep the health system in Kirkuk working.

The situation in Baghdad continues to be a source of major concern. The Central Public Health Laboratory has been looted, and incubators containing polioviruses have been stolen. There have also been reports from elsewhere in Iraq of virus cultures being stolen. …

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