60,000 People to Get Emergency Health Services in Mosul

Iraqi civilians, who fled fighting in the city of Mosul, walk lit up by Iraqi special forces armoured vehicles, as they head to camps housing displaced people on November 2, 2016 in Bazwaia, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF
Iraqi civilians, who fled fighting in the city of Mosul, walk lit up by Iraqi special forces armoured vehicles, as they head to camps housing displaced people on November 2, 2016 in Bazwaia, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF

United Nations agencies are rapidly scaling up efforts in eastern Mosul to ensure that more than 60,000 people living near the frontlines of the current military operations have access to life-saving care.

A large-scale military offensive is underway to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) fighters.

Two World Health Organization (WHO) clinics were recently deployed in the city to provide residents with health services aid for the first time since June 2014. A UN Population Fund (UNFPA) mobile unit is providing delivery services to women and girls.

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In addition to immediate care, the agencies are restoring services at the primary health care clinic in eastern Mosul through disbursement of medicines and other supplies.

The clinic, managed by the Ninewah Department of Health, offers primary health care services, vaccinations, and reproductive health services.

WHO and UNFPA expect an increase in patients from Mosul and are accordingly scaling up health services to include three primary health care units and two delivery units.

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They have also positioned mobile medical units and delivery units at a nearby trauma stabilization point in anticipation of trauma injuries and complex deliveries.

Experts expect new areas in Mosul to become accessible in the coming weeks, which means that more than 200,000 people will need emergency health services.

This includes nearly 40,000 people who will require urgent interventions followed by hospital care as well as 8,000 pregnant women needed services for deliveries and newborn care.

The mobile clinics are funded with support from the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the European Union Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), and the Iraqi humanitarian pooled fund.

According to a UN statement issued Monday, additional mobile medical clinics will soon be deployed.

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