Not all news coming from Iraq and Afghanistan is bad.
One positive is the Basra Children’s Hospital that opened its doors late last month.
The new hospital is one of many healthcare initiatives the U.S. has been involved with in Iraq. The U.S. has supported renovation and construction of over 140 primary health care facilities across Iraq. This one is a 16,000 square foot facility with state-of-the -art equipment.
In addition to two operating rooms, an emergency room and three special procedure rooms, the new hospital also has a much needed dental suite.
After 6 years, the proposal that stemmed from former First Lady Laura Bush’s desire to provide health care for the children of Iraq has finally become a reality.
Success was achieved through collaborative efforts of the governments of Iraq, the U.S., Spain, various U. N. organizations and Project HOPE.
Peter Bodde, assistant chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad believes that “good health promotes social and economic progress.” The new children’s hospital is a step in the right direction.
A 2003 study found an increase in leukemia in children living in and around Basra. Most cases of leukemia are high-risk
With the new facility doctors will be able to make early diagnoses and provide treatment for children suffering from all forms of cancer in southern Iraq.
Basra is the largest city in the region with over one-million residents. It is the third-largest city in Iraq.