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100-bed COVID-19 hospital with €2m cost built in Sulaimani

  2021-04-03  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Sulaimani Governor Haval Abubakir (CF) speaks to reporters after opening a 100-bed hospital in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April, 3, 2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network, Screenshot
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Sulaimani Governor Haval Abubakir on Saturday (April 3) announced that 80 percent of work has been finished to the opening of a 100-bed hospital in the governorate for treatment to coronavirus -related patients.

Abubakir told the reporters at a news conference that 40 beds are for intensive care units (ICUs), saying the project has been financed through an Iraqi federal fund.

“140 patients can be accommodated at the hospital in unordinary instances,” he said. “the hospital can be used for the other contagious diseases in the future.” 

Director of Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected by Terroristic Operations (REFAATO) Muhammad al-Ani said that his fund formed in 2015 by the federal government is building five hospitals for treatment for coronavirus patients in Sulaimani, Basra, Mosul, and two in Baghdad with the cost of 25 million euros provided by Germany.

Al-Ani said that the hospital has costed two million euros and had been allocated by Germany through KfW, a German government-owned development bank.

“This hospital will take us to a new phase in the sector of [COVID-19] treatment,” head of Sulaimani Health Director Sabah Hawrami, saying the infections were increasing in the governorate. 

Hawrami also said that plans are underway for the opening and providing more hospitals and beds. 

Coronavirus-related cases are on the rise in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region following the second wave of the contagious pandemic.

On Friday, Sulaimani governorate logged just five COVID-19 cases and 31,149 recoveries as it has officially logged 35,79 cases, 1,757 deaths and 4,119 recoveries.

Overall, there have been 124,132 officially-logged cases in the Kurdistan Region. Out of that, 110,713 have recovered and 3,702 have died.

The Kurdistan Region recorded the first coronavirus cases on March 1 last year and the cases were climbing before declining to just few tens.

The highest daily infections were logged on October 27 with 1,597 cases.

(Zhyan News Network)