Doctors Without Borders: Hawija needs health improvement
An envoy of Doctors Without Borders visited the Hawija district in Kirkuk, noting that Hawija Hospital is not enough for the increasing population of the district.
Vasanta Bani, coordinator of the DWB and head of the Bacteriology department said, “Hawija Hospital is not enough for the increasing number of Hawija people.”
The cases of diseases and illness have been increasing in Hawija, especially in those coming from the villages. The DWB reports that Hawija needs a hospital similar to the one in the Kirkuk city. “The hospital should be improved as to bear the increasing number of people.”
The DWB is an international health and humanitarian aid organization found in 1971 by some physicians and journalists. The organization helps 65 countries currently. The DWB was in Iraq before 2003, but its work was limited because of the sanctions.
Vilidio Smith, head of the Hawija branch of DWB, praised the cooperation among Hawija’s personnel, stating that “The cooperation among the scientific and technical staff is interesting. We also help Hawija hospital in the health cadres.”
Ahmed Muhamad Omer, director of Hawija Hospital also praised the DWB, “They helped us in providing cadres and equipment.” He added, “We could reduce sending ill people to Kirkuk.”
Omer mentioned some plans and mutual projects between his hospital and the DWB to improve the health system in Hawija.
Muhamad Sa’doon, a member of the Hawija District Council, also praised the DWB and urged them to continue helping to improve the healthcare system.
The Kirkuk Administration also decided to found a new hospital in Hawija.
Hawija is located 60 km southwest of Kirkuk with an estimated 450 thousand people, with most working with agriculture and livestock.
Taisir Katib – Kirkuk Now