The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday delivered 22 tonnes of health technologies  to the Ministry of Health of the Kurdistan region to support the efforts of the government in containing Covid-19.

The consignment included oxygen concentrators, nucleic acid extraction kits, viral transport medium, personal protective equipment and intensive care hospital beds.

Six ambulances were also delivered to improve ambulatory and life-saving services for the vulnerable population of Syrian refugees and the host community in the Erbil governorate of Iraq.

“Strong ambulatory and referral services are the backbone of health care services,” said Dr. Adham R. Ismail Abdel Moneim, WHO Representative in Iraq.

“The increasing demand for accessible and timely provision of essential emergency and referral services necessitate an urgent intervention to support national health capacity to save more lives.”

“These ambulances will help to achieve this goal. They will be placed at health facilities which serve a high number of refugees and the host community in Erbil.”