The World Health Organization (WHO) has completed the restoration works at East Erbil Emergency Hospital in Iraq.

The United Nations (UN) agency completed the rehabilitation of the hospital in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The scope of works involved upgrading selected hospital departments in order to meet international standards.

It includes revamping in-patient wards and intensive care units. A total of 57 horizontal bed head units, with necessary furnishings, were installed.

The upgraded East Erbil Emergency Hospital has resumed specialised services and can now cater to around 1000 outpatients and 60 in-patient cases every day.

The hospital will serve as the primary healthcare centre to provide life-saving emergency services to the local population, as other facilities are engaged to treat Covid-19 patients.

WHO representative and Head of Mission in Iraq Dr Adham Ismail said: “WHO Iraq has built a fruitful partnership with the health authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, reflected in the construction and rehabilitation of health facilities in the region.

“The project that we are jointly inaugurating today for the resumption of full capacity functioning in Erbil will support a large segment of the in-need population for essential and specialised health care services.

“We also believe the facility will go a long way to filling the gap created by the designation of the majority of health facilities in the region to Covid-19 treatment.”

The restoration project was supported by funds from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.