Clashes between coalition forces and Iraqis in the city of Najaf have increased the strain on the city’s fragile healthcare system. After two wars, lootings, and 13 years of sanctions, hospital infrastructure has been damaged across the country and the present clashes threaten to cause a virtual collapse of Najaf’s healthcare system
Hundreds of people injured in the clashes have been unable to receive proper treatment. The Ministry of Health has not the capacity to respond to the crisis, while many local and international aid agencies are reluctant to respond because of the lack of security.
Islamic Relief sent a relief convoy to Najaf General Hospital
Main Hospital Affected by the Clashes
Najaf General Hospital, the only hospital in the city, has been badly affected by the conflict with almost every ward damaged by heavy fire. Islamic Relief workers visited the hospital and reported that patients were forced to sleep in the corridors for safety.
Acute shortages of medicines, medical equipment and food for its patients, meant that it was unable to cope with the rising number of injured in the city.
Islamic Relief Response
Islamic Relief sent a relief convoy to Najaf General Hospital on 25 May 2004 with 500 food bags, and part of a $1.2 million shipment of medical equipment and supplies.
The delivery of medical equipment enabled a surgical theatre to be reopened immediately. Plans are underway to distribute the rest of the shipment of medical aid to hospitals in other Iraqi towns and cities.
Islamic Relief staff continue to respond to the needs of the people affected by the violence in Najaf, despite the risks to their own safety. Please support the Iraqi people with your donations.