In Iraq, the highest toll of infections and deaths due to COVID-19 has been reported in the capital, Baghdad.
On 1 April 2020 we started supporting Ibn El Khateeb Hospital, one of three Ministry of Health hospital hospitals treating COVID-19 patients in Baghdad. Our team assessed the hospital’s readiness to deal with the outbreak and started providing hospital staff with training on infection prevention and control (IPC), and triage.
MSF is also supporting local health authorities outside of Baghdad. In Ninewa governate in Mosul we have equipped a building in the Ministry of Health-run Al Salam hospital complex for isolation of patients suspected to have COVID-19. We are also in the process of converting our own post-operative care facility in the same complex to assist the adjacent Al Shifaa hospital in treating COVID-19 patients. Al Shifaa was rebuilt by MSF in 2019 and is now being used as the main COVID-19 referral point for patients in Ninewa. MSF is supporting Al Shifaa by setting up 62 isolation wards and 30 beds for mild and severe case management in its centre for post-operative care.