Top international aid organizations build COVID-19 isolation ward in Duhok
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A new COVID-19 isolation ward was inaugurated on Monday, funded and constructed by top international aid organizations, in the Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province for life-threatening cases of coronavirus patients.
The new health facility was inaugurated in a ceremony on Monday in Duhok province in the presence of top US officials in the Kurdistan Region as well as Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials and health authorities.
The health center would only receive severe patients of COVID-19 who require intensive care, according to the US Consulate General in Erbil. The hospital could be repurposed for treating respiratory illnesses once the pandemic is over, the consulate noted.
With new medical equipment, “frontline workers can do their job safely & effectively,” the UNDP tweeted.
The 20-bed isolation ward was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and constructed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the US envoy said.
CG Waller joined @undpiniraq and @USAID representatives, along with Governor Ali Tatar and Minister of Health Saman Hussein Muhammad, in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a newly established #Covid19 Isolation Ward in #Duhok. pic.twitter.com/BkZhUGIQ8e— U.S. Consulate General Erbil (@USConGenErbil) October 13, 2020
KRG Health Minister Saman Barzinji expressed his appreciation for the new health facility.
For his part, the US consul General in Erbil Rob Waller said: “We will continue to work with the #KRG as we face this #pandemic, and we will all come through this together.”
On the same day, the US Consul General visited the American University of Kurdistan (AUK) in Duhok and announced a four million USD grant to the American-style higher education in order to foster its academic excellence.
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Editing by Karzan Sulaivany