WHO Special Situation Report - Mosul Crisis, Iraq - Issue No 9: 1 to 11 March 2017 [EN/AR]
1.2 -1.5 MILLION PEOPLE AFFECTED
224,298 DISPLACED FROM MOSUL
2.7 MILLION PEOPLE IN NEED OF HEALTH SERVICES
552,157 PEOPLE REACHED
To increase the operational readiness for health facilities in Iraq, including in and around Mosul, for chemical events, WHO has received over one metric tons of protective equipment from the Government of the United Kingdom.
WHO, in collaboration with the Iraq health authorities and other health partners, are coordinating response efforts to 15 cases of possible toxic chemical exposure from Mosul that have been treated in West Erbil Emergency Hospital. Six cases have since been discharged.
Through WHO supported Mobile Medical Clinics and static primary health facilities run by WHO implementing partners, a total of 15,792 consultations were conducted this reporting period including 2,700 children under 5 years of age. In addition, 597 referrals were also conducted through ambulances donated by WHO to the Directorate of Health in Ninewa.
Due to high numbers of trauma patients from Mosul that require blood transfusion services coupled with the limited capacity of the Directorate of Health in Ninewa to screen and provide safe blood, WHO through Erbil Blood Transfusion Centre has since 5 February, 2017 facilitated the mobilization, screening, and transportation of 475 units of blood to Bartalla Field hospital in order respond to needs of trauma patients.
Since 18 February 2017 to 07 March 2017, a total of 744 trauma cases have been reported from 3 Trauma Stabilization Points (TSPs) in the frontlines of west Mosul and 523 cases were treated in four hospitals including Bartalla Field hospital, Emergency, West Emergency and Shikhan hospitals currently managing trauma patients from west Mosul. This brings the number of hospital based trauma cases reported from Mosul since 17 October to 4,902.
According to International Organization for Migration data, since 17 October 2016 to 09 March, 224,298 persons have been displaced from Mosul; refer to graph 1 for the displacement timelines. Of these more than 57,000 persons are displaced from west Mosul alone since 18 February 2017. WHO and other health partners are supporting the delivery of primary health services in the displaced camps by providing medicines and other medical supplies.
As part of its trauma response plan, On 4 February, WHO commenced its work to establish Athba Field Hospital in the frontlines of west Mosul to respond to the anticipated high case load of trauma patients. More than 98% of the work to establish and equip the hospital has been completed and will be handed over to the Ministry of Health and the Directorate of Health in Ninewa.