GENEVA, March 21 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday said 15 fully equipped ambulances were airlifted to Iraq in order to strengthen the response to the increasing trauma and medical related emergencies in west Mosul.
WHO said lessons identified from the operations in the eastern part of Mosul clearly demonstrate the vital role that ambulances played in patient transferring. These ambulances will enhance trauma care at the frontlines and ensure timely referral to field hospitals.
"Early access to ambulance services is an important component of trauma care to ensure good patient outcomes in emergency situations. WHO's priority is to prevent avoidable loss of life and further complications as a result of injury by providing rapid transport and medical treatment to ensure survival within the golden hour," said Altaf Musani, WHO Representative for Iraq.
"WHO in support of health authorities has established trauma stabilization points and field hospitals in Athba, Hamam Aleel and Bartalla close to the frontlines of the ongoing conflict," added Musani.
An additional 15 ambulances are expected to arrive in the country next week to complete the planned shipment of 30 ambulances all meant to support the Ministry of Health and response of partners in Mosul.