2021.05.04 – 18:57
Baghdad – People
The US embassy in Baghdad announced, on Tuesday, that it has provided the urgent assistance required to reopen Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital in Baghdad, which was severely damaged in a tragic fire on the twenty-fourth of last April.
The embassy stated in a statement, “Nas” received a copy of it, (May 4, 2021), that “the assistance provided through a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the American Medical Students Association (AMSA), Iraq Branch, started cleaning up several “Floors of the hospital building today. In the coming weeks, USAID will replace medical and non-medical equipment destroyed in the fire, including hospital beds and patient monitoring devices as well as personal protective equipment needed to treat Corona patients.”
The statement added, “USAID will work with civil defense in Baghdad to install a new fire safety system in the hospital, which will likely include a sprinkler system in addition to smoke detectors, fire extinguishing supplies, fire exits ladders and emergency signs, and the American Medical Students Association will also establish A memorial to honor the memory of the victims of this tragedy. ”
The statement continued, “Acting Assistant Secretary of State Joy Hood said today,” We hope that this renovation project will restore Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital to work as soon as possible and that the new equipment and fire safety systems will help save lives, while ensuring that such a tragedy will not be repeated. Never. ”This assistance reflects the firm commitment of the United States to improving the health and well-being of the Iraqi people, including its efforts to combat the Corona pandemic.
The statement noted that “the United States has allocated more than $ 20 billion to contribute to the global response to the Coronavirus, including commitments to develop vaccines, treatments, preparedness efforts, and foreign aid. In February, President Biden announced the US commitment to pay $ 4 billion to the Kovacs facility.” – where Iraq is one of its members – to vaccinate people all over the world. ”
The statement pointed out that “the huge American funding and scientific efforts on this front are still a central and coordinated part of the global effort against this deadly virus. The global efforts made by the United States to confront Corona virus are based on decades of American investment in life-saving health as well as aid.” Humanity. ”