Iraq is busy implementing a non-costs-spared health programme. Its Medical City Hospital, for instance, has?
Iraq is busy implementing a non-costs-spared health programme. Its Medical City Hospital, for instance, has so far cost the government more than 12 million Dinars (14 million pounds Sterling). Iraq announced earlier this month that it will spend a record 32 million Dinars (14 million ponds Sterling) on health services during the current financial year. This is in spite of the austerity programme introduced last June, following the nationalisation of the Iran Petroleum Company (IPC).
Medical City, considered one of the most modern and largest medical institutes in the Middle East, is comparable with the best medical centres in the world. Medical City has 15 operating theatres and employs about a thousand doctors. Apart from providing free medical services for the general public, the "City" is also equipped to provide teaching facilities. There are a total of 1500 beds available and the vast majority of these are free of charge to patients.
Inaugurated in August 1971, Medical City's first phase of its building programme is now complete. Plans for the future include two future phases, including a nursing school and children's hospital.
SYNOPSIS: Building and development of the new Medical City hospital in Iraq have so far cost the government more than fourteen million pounds Sterling. Earlier this month, the Iraqi government announced that it planned to spend a record 37 million pounds on health services during the current financial year. This is despite the austerity measures introduced last June, following the nationalisation of the Iraq Petroleum Company.
Equipped with the latest in electronic medical equipment, Medical City is considered one of the most modern and largest institutions in the Middle East.
Medical City's fifteen operating theatres, and staff of about a thousand doctors, makes it comparable with the best medical institutions in the world.
The hospital provides free treatment, as well as private, and most of the fifteen hundred beds are also free of charge.
An average of a thousand operations are carried out each week. Last year more than 28,000 patients were admitted for hospitalisation. The centre also provides pre-and post-graduate medical teaching and runs specialist courses. Now that the first phase of construction is complete, the authorities are going ahead with Medical City's next two phases. They include a new nursing school and a children's hospital.