After over two years of suspended routine immunization activities in Mosul and the surrounding districts, the World Health Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Health have trained 30 vaccinators from the recently taken areas in east Mosul and Salahaddin to help revitalize routine immunization services.
This week 12,523 patients including 1,848 children aged 0 to 5 years were reached with consultation services through the WHO supported Mobile Medical Clinics, Mobile Medical Teams and Primary Health centers run by WHO implementing partner in Mosul.
Health facilities in east Mosul and the surrounding districts are continuously facing crowdedness with patients seeking health services, this has caused frequent shortages of essential medicines. Particularly, shortages of antibiotics, medicines for chronic illnesses, fever and pediatric syrups have been recorded in many health facilities.
WHO responded to an acute shortage of medical supplies in the newly retaken areas of Mosul by delivering medicines and other medical supplies sufficient for 200,000 patients to 16 primary health centers, one hospital and the Directorate of Health (DOH) in Ninewa. Part of the donation is an in-kind support from the Government of Norway.
Since 17 October 2016, a total of 3,972 injured patients from east Mosul have been treated in Emergency and Emergency West hospitals in Erbil and in Bartalla Field Hospital with WHO supporting. Fifty percent of those treated were civilians.
WHO and health partners have scaled up preparedness plans to support the population in West of Mosul. Hospitals and stabilization points are being prepared in readiness to receive emergency trauma cases, while ambulances and mobile clinics are being prepositioned to respond to the influx of people who currently remain inaccessible.
This week, WHO began constructing a second field hospital in Hammam ali in preparation for the upcoming west Mosul operations. The construction is expected to be complete in the first week of March. The hospital established with funding from Office of Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will be run by WHO’s implementing partner and will provide 24 hours services to civilian trauma patients.
In northern Talafar district, Ninewa Governorate, WHO’s implementing partner Heevie has completed the construction of Primary Health Centre in Amalla IDP camp to support the delivery of health services for persons displaced from Mosul.