28,000 Sick And Wounded Treated In Erbil Hospitals During Mosul Ops
Nearly 28,000 sick and wounded people, including security forces’ members, have been treated in hospitals in the capital of the Kurdistan Region since the Mosul offensive began, the Erbil health directorate said.
The Directorate-General of Health in Erbil said in a statement to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Thursday (February 16), that around 14,000 people who were directly wounded during the battle for Mosul’s liberation have been treated in Erbil.
Another 14,000 who became ill or infected due to a lack of health services in hospitals in and around Mosul, also received medical treatment in Erbil, the statement added.
The battle for Mosul has however had a detrimental impact on medical supplies and medical equipment in Erbil hospitals, with the directorate adding that, “the medicine and equipment provided for eight months was used in two months.”
“Iraq’s assistance for medicine and medical equipment provision is not sufficient and limited,” the statement continued, adding however that the Iraqi government has helped medical teams at the camps.
According to the statement, the directorate called on the Iraqi government to solve this issue, but the government has not yet responded to the directorate in a sufficient manner.
U.S.-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces dislodged ISIS militants from the eastern side of Mosul last month, their last city stronghold in Iraq, and are preparing an offensive on the parts of the city that lie west of the Tigris River.
Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq, is divided into two halves by the Tigris River that runs through its center.
The campaign to capture Mosul started on October 17, with air and ground support from a U.S.-led coalition.