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Lighting the operating room

“All three operation rooms are equipped with an oxygen system that contributes to improving the success of each operation.” Dr. Azad Khaleel, Orthopaedic Surgeon, West Emergency Hospital in Erbil, KRI

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Ongoing operation in the newly renovated operating theatre at the West Emergency Hospital, Erbil

by Dr. Regina Tauschek, November 2018

Insufficient lighting in the operation rooms, clogged drainpipes and traces of a completely congested infrastructure were some of the problems Dr. Azad Khaleel, orthopaedic surgeon at the West Emergency Hospital in Erbil, faced in the past. During ISIS occupation, a high number of IDPs from Mosul heading to Erbil, as well as injured Peshmerga, were treated, bringing the hospital to its limit.

As part of Quick Impact Projects (QIP), the Qudra programme supported the rehabilitation of the orthopaedic unit at the hospital with painting, renewing floors, replacing water drainage pipes, and repairing the oxygen generation equipment by exchanging broken parts. Furthermore, a third operation room was enlarged to also enable major surgeries. “All three operation rooms are equipped with an oxygen system that contributes to improving the success of each operation”, Dr. Khaleel satisfyingly adds before he rushes back to the operation room, where the next patient is already waiting.

Published on GIZ in Iraq Newsletter, Issue No. 16, November 2018