IRAQ – The Prime Minister of Iraq Mr. Mohamed Shiaa Al-Sudani has inaugurated Al-Hakim Teaching Hospital, a 492-bed state-of-the-art hospital, located in the city of Amarah in the Maysan Governorate.

Inaugurating the new Al-Hakim Teaching Hospital, Prime Minister Al-Sudani said: “This opening comes within the priorities of the government program to develop the health services sector in all governorates.”

Mr. Mohamed Shiaa Al-Sudani along with the Minister of Health in Iraq Dr. Saleh Mahdi Al-Hasnawi, visited the new hospital building in the city of Amarah and took a tour of Al-Hakim Teaching Hospital.

Health Minister Dr. Saleh Mahdi Al-Hasnawi previously conducted an inspection visit to Al-Sadr Teaching Hospital in Maysan Governorate.

This inspection visit comes as part of his tour in the province to follow up on the health services provided and the reality of health institutions in the province.

With the launch of the new Al-Hakim Teaching Hospital, the Minister of Health in Iraq is expanding the availability of multi-specialty services for patients and their families in the region.

Commenting on the opening of Al-Hakim Teaching Hospital, Prime Minister Al-Sudani said: “The hospital houses various departments covering 20 medical and therapeutic specialties, 17 operating rooms, a dialysis center, a cancer treatment center, a catheterization center, a heart disease treatment center, alongside a large emergency & burns department and a consulting clinic.”

The inauguration ceremony comes shortly after the Ministry of Planning of Iraq restarted work on several stalled hospital projects across the country.

According to an official statement from Abdel-Zahra Al-Hindawi, a spokesperson for Iraq’s Ministry of Planning, there are over 47 stalled hospital projects across various governorates with bed capacities ranging from 50 to 400.

The Ministry of Planning has already resumed construction works on the 400-bed Muthanna Hospital in Muthanna Governorate, Iraq’s second-largest governorate.

Construction is already continuing on a new 200-bed Zubair Hospital located in the Al-Zubair District in the Basra Province.

Additionally, progress on the 200-bed Al-Hartha Hospital in Basra Governorate is well underway and it is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2023.

The soon-to-be-launched hospital spread over a land area of 12 acres, has five buildings of four storeys each alongside a three-storey residential building for doctors.

This accelerated progress comes after the Ministry of Planning resolved issues that were hindering the completion of the stalled hospital projects.

Nonetheless, the opening of the new Al-Hakim Teaching Hospital reflects the government’s commitment to expanding the absorptive capacity for the treatment of citizens in public hospitals.

This hospital project was one of the lagging projects that faced obstacles in implementation, and work was resumed in it according to the directives of the Prime Minister.

Moreover, the health sector in Iraq is one of the first sectors to enter the digital club in the country, in line with global advancements and conformity with the goals set by the Iraqi government.

For all the latest healthcare industry news from Africa and the World, subscribe to our NEWSLETTER, and YouTube Channel, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and like us on Facebook.