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A number of H1N1 suspected cases were admitted to Shaheed Hemin Hospital in Suleimaniya governorate on 25 December 2018

13 February 2019 – The last week of November 2018 witnessed an alarming rise in the incidence of acute respiratory infection crossing the threshold in Suleimaniya Governorate of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Between 20 and 31 December 2018, more than 35 suspected cases of influenza were admitted to Shaheed Hemin Hospital for Internal Medicine in the governorate, but very few cases had undergone virology lab investigation due to the unavailability of the laboratory medium required for transferring the nasal-throat specimen to the National Public Health Lab (NPHL) in Baghdad.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 37 140
Total health expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 6.5
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 50
Number of primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 0.7
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 69.8

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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