Fraternity in Iraq supports Qaraqosh Hospital Surgery Unit
In this hospital supported by Fraternity in Iraq since its reopening in 2017, services run full speed but the lack of resources and staff is sorely felt.
In 2017, after the liberation of the city of Daesh, Fraternity in Iraq enabled three department of Qaraqosh hospital to restart: maternity hospital, emergencies and dental office. Since 2018, the facility is now open 24/7 and all these departments run well: 10 to 15 babies are born every day in the maternity hospital revived thanks to the generosity of the donors of Fraternity in Iraq!
Your donations also allowed the last mission of volunteers to Iraq, in December 2018, to purchase surgical sterilization kits to improve operating rooms efficiency. Because of lack of equipment, only 10 operations per day could be carried out so far. Thanks to those kits funded by the association, 5 additional daily operations may be performed in the 6 surgical blocks that make up the hospital!
In this compound, residents of Qaraqosh and surrounding areas take advantage of the emergency, surgery and maternity departments on the first floor, and intensive care and pediatrics ones on the second floor. These two latter units amount to 60% of the hospital’s activity. It’s worth mentioning that the hospital shines well beyond the city: out of the 250 to 300 patients who are treated every day, only 20% come from Qaraqosh. This is especially due to the quality of care provided and low cost. 70 to 80% of the costs are covered by the government while the rest is hedged by NGOs. New parents are simply asked $ 10 per birth!
Dr. Fadi, deputy director of the hospital, explained to the volunteers of the association who came to visit him at the end of 2018 that he does not want to stop there and that he is still willing to refurbish the psychology department and the buildings dedicated to administration. If he hopes to see these duties completed in 6 months, it is very hard for him to care of patients and follow up works at the same time… The other major issue is the lack of staff. He is delighted that life has resumed in Qaraqosh but he deplores the lack of specialist doctors ready to get involved in their country. For instance, 140 of the hospital’s former employees have now emigrated from Iraq…
We still need your support to help this hospital!