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Laparoscopic surgeries available in Mosul thanks to OFDA

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First_laproscopic_surgery_in_Al_Jumhori_Hospital_in_West_MosulBaghdad 26 December 2018 – The rehabilitation of the health system and provision of improved medical services in conflict-affected governorates like Ninewa, Anbar, Salah Aldin and Kirkuk remains a top priority for the WHO, local health authorities, donors and partners.

In the wake of more than 4 years of conflict, specialized medical services directed at the most vulnerable segments of the population, including the disabled, are expanding, not least in Mosul, capital of Ninewa Governorate.

Mosul’s Al Athba Field Hospital, built by WHO to treat trauma patients during the liberation operation of 2016, now has a new lease of life.

Al Athba Field Hospital is now known as Al Jumhori Hospital and provides specialized medical services in West Mosul. To cope with emerging recovery needs in the area Al Jumhori has expanded the surgical services it delivers to include laparoscopic surgical interventions and a wider range of specialized outpatient consultations, including ophthalmological, cardiovascular and fascia-maxillary services.

“The availability of laparoscopic surgical techniques in our hospital improves medical services in Mosul, and credit must go to the support we have received from the WHO and United States Aid Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA),” says Al Jumhori Hospital manager Dr Nashat Ganim Al-Khaiat.

Nadia Mohammed, 48, was the first patient to receive laparoscopic treatment at the hospital. She recently returned to Mosul with her family after more than 3 years in a camp for internally displaced people.

“I suffered from recurrent cholecystitis which required gallbladder removal which I couldn’t afford to have done privately,” says Nadia.

“I had the operation in Al Jumhori Hospital and now I am recovering quickly. My life is returning to normal, as you can see.”

The hospital, like many others, is supported by the WHO through funds from OFDA, and is improving the quality of health services in Ninewa by providing specialized surgical services using the latest techniques.

More efforts and resources are needed to meet the growing demand for health care services from millions of returnees and displaced people in liberated - now under recovery - areas.

WHO would like to thank OFDA for their generous financial support which contributes significantly to the recovery and revitalization of essential and specialized health services.

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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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