QFFD, QRCS operate field hospital in Al-Anbar [EN/AR]

Report
from Qatar Red Crescent Society
Published on 09 Jan 2018

January 9th, 2018 ― Doha: Under the strategic partnership between Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) to support the health sector in Iraq, QRCS's mission in Al-Anbar Governorate has launched a field hospital to offer emergency health care for patients and victims of the ongoing clashes across the country.

Set up in Ana District, west of Al-Anbar, the health facility provides a wide range of medical services for the displaced from western parts of the governorate. Since its inception, more than 500 patients have been served, in addition to 35 surgical cases (Caesarean section, hernia repair, wound cleaning & stitching, appendectomy, shrapnel removal, and burn dressing changes).

The Ana Field Hospital comprises several departments (operations, intensive care, X-ray, laboratory, pharmacy, and sterilization & equipment). Also, a blood bank was created to serve various kinds of patients.

The facility is located strategically in a region with no health care services due to the total destruction of infrastructure.

All the activities of the hospital are coordinated with the Governor and Health Directorate of Al-Anbar, who pay close attention to the workflow in all steps and services of the project.

The first case received by the field hospital was a patient with obstructed labor, who was admitted for surgery. As she had hypertension, the doctors opted for a C-section under local anesthesia. The procedure was successful, and all the vital signs of the mother and her baby were stable when they were released from hospital.

These efforts are in line with the State of Qatar's supportive position for the vulnerable Iraqis in Al-Anbar. QRCS is working closely together with the local municipalities and health authorities to ensure the best services for the displaced Iraqis all over the governorate, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health of Iraq.

For more information, please contact Fareed Adnan, Head of Media Affairs, Communication Department, Tel.: +974 5583 7338, email: fareed@qrcs.org.qa.