The new Emergency Care Ward was opened in Zab to offer immediate care for incoming trauma's including injuries from accidents. The ward offers preliminary care, and is still in need of a female physician to operate. Adnan Jburi, Zab, Kirkuk: The Emergency Care Ward at the Zab Health Department (95 kilometers west of Kirkuk) was opened on Saturday April 9 with all of the necessary equipment on hand including an ambulance and an emergency room. Aiyd Omer Muhammad, Assistant Doctor, and Director of Zab Health Department said, “the ward has been opened, and we are working in it. We will be taking in patients with injuries from accidents and give them the necessary preliminary care and if surgery needed, we will send them to the Hawija Public Hospital by ambulance. Many have died in previous years because the roads between Zab and Hwija were blocked for security reasons.” Dr. Abdulla Jasim Hamid, an expert on pediatric disease said, “this program is the outcome of a former proposal which is currently being implemented to cover many areas in Kirkuk from Hawija to Fat’ha near Beji, and ends at the borders of Sharqat in the North including Zab and Abbasiya which do not have hospitals.” He also added, “the success of this project requires us to bring more immediate medical care. We are in need of a female physician, and an expert on women’s diseases as well.” Dr. Sdiq Omer, the General Director of the Kirkuk Health Department said, “we can’t send physicians to Zab because the city (Kirkuk) doesn’t have enough physicians, despite the fact that Zab is very far and unsafe.” He explained further that Zab is not the only area were physicians are needed, but that many other towns have the same demands and needs. Some complained about the lack of drugs. “They ask us to buy our drugs on the black market at tremendous cost, but the other services are good,” 33-year-old Wasfi Tahir said. Many people with pulmonary tuberculosis demanded the opening of a center for the care of Tuberculosis Pneumonia (T.B) in Zab. Fu’ad Khdir Hamad, aged 35 said, "I have suffered from the disease of tuberculosis. Previously there was a health file on each patient with monthly tests being conducted on us and with the results of the analysis being given back to us directly but now we do not know where the files and reviews are located and in addition to this, there is a shortage of some of the medications for this disease. There are many people with pulmonary tuberculosis in Zab."