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Iraq: Newly renovated ICU opens at Sulaymaniyah emergency hospital

22 Nov 2016

The newly renovated Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Sulaymaniyah Emergency Hospital will be officially inaugurated on 19 November. “This hospital is very important for the people of Sulaymaniyah Governorate and neighbouring regions as it is the main referral facility for the severely ill and injured. We are very happy to be able open the newly renovated Intensive care unit”, says Jonathan Henry, Médecins Sans Frontières Iraq Head of Mission based in Sulaymaniyah.

Sulaymaniyah Emergency Hospital is the only trauma facility in Sulaymaniyah Governorate treating all people with acute medical and surgical illness. Over the last two years, there has been a significant rise in the hospital’s catchment population (currently over 2.5 million people) due to the influx of internally displaced persons from neighbouring conflict zones. Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in Sulaymaniyah Emergency Hospital since January 2016, with the aim to reduce patient mortality rate by improving quality of care in both the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Emergency Department (ER). This is done through improved quality of patient care and structural renovation of the ER & ICU medical facilities. 

“Patients admitted in the ICU and the ER are from the host community as well as internally displaced persons. We treat many traumas including road traffic accidents, domestic accidents and war wounded"

The renovated ICU has been in use 10 November and will be officially inaugurated 19 November. The new ICU has a capacity of 10 beds, including two beds in an isolation room for strengthened infection control measures. “Patients admitted in the ICU and the ER are from the host community as well as internally displaced persons. We treat many traumas including road traffic accidents, domestic accidents and war wounded. The Sulaymaniyah Emergency Hospital also treats patients referred from other areas including Kirkuk, Ninewa and Dyiala governorates. Médecins Sans Frontières aims to provide quality health care to all patients”, says Jonathan Henry. 

The Médecins Sans Frontières medical team is working alongside staff from the Sulaymaniyah Directorate of Health to deliver improved quality health care to patients, through provision of clinical expertise, including theoretical and hands-on trainings. This comprises ICU and ER induction programme for all nursing and medical staff; implementation of safe trauma and intensive care with evidence-based standards, protocols and guidelines; and implementation of infection control policies. When needed and in case of a stock-out in the hospital, Médecins Sans Frontières also supplies drugs and medical equipment. From January to September 2016, 250 patients have been admitted in the ICU and over 25,000 patients have been admitted in the ER.