No health crisis in Iraq, says official

DUBAI - There is no public health crisis in Iraq, according to Dr Al Talibi, Director General of the Department of Logistics of the Iraqi Ministry of Health, which manages the country's state-owned enterprise for the purchase and distribution of medical equipment and systems.

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Published: Wed 21 Jan 2004, 12:10 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:27 AM

Addressing a gathering of UK and US exhibitors at Arab Health 2004, currently under way at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre (DIEC), Dr Talibi said that currently within Iraq there were 240 public hospitals, 1,200 primary healthcare centres and 70 private hospitals.

He told the delegates that there were 124,000 personnel now working for the Iraq Ministry of Health, 29,000 hospital beds are now available, and the ministry employs some 29,000 physicians and 35,000 nurses. "There is no public health crisis in Iraq," Dr Talibi said.

Dr Talibi said various areas of Iraq's healthcare system were now being considered for privatisation.

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