WHO to provide mobile medical care for 8,000 refugees in Iraq

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-16 23:34:59|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BAGHDAD, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Over 8,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in camps and villages in the Iraqi northeastern province of Sulaymaniyah will have access to health services provided by mobile medical teams supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said Thursday.

According to a UNAMI statement, the IDPs, who were mainly displaced from the provinces of Anbar, Diyala and Salahudin, are living in camps and villages in Kalar and Kifri areas in the southeastern part of Sulaymaniyah Province.

In cooperation with local health authority and nongovernmental organizations, "WHO established two mobile medical teams, each consisting of a medical doctor, a nurse and a pharmacy assistant," the statement said.

"WHO also provided three ambulances to facilitate referrals of emergency patients," it added.

The most common illnesses to be treated by the mobile clinics include "upper respiratory tract infections, diarrhea, and chronic diseases including hypertension and diabetes."

According to a UN report in 2019, about 1.7 million Iraqis remain outside their homes over security concerns, lack of shelter and livelihood opportunities.

The security situation in Iraq has been dramatically improved since Iraqi security forces fully defeated the extremist Islamic State militants across the country late in 2017.