Iraqi Kurdistan opens additional clinic to
HALABJA, Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',
— People gathered for the grand opening of the Tovo
Medical Clinic Feb. 12 in the Kani Karweshkan
foothills, located in Halabja, Kurdistan region in
The clinic opened in honor of Brig. Gen. Kenneth
Tovo, in recognition of his past service in Iraq.
The new clinic will help address a need in this
northern Iraq community.
This new facility, to be equipped with more than
$25,000 of medical equipment, will help
significantly improve the region’s medical care and
provide essential services throughout the Kurdish
autonomous region, said a coalition forces advisor.
Projects like this one create short-term benefits
and long-term potential consistent with the intended
goals of the Iraqi and coalition forces partnership.
Short-term, the clinic makes medical care for
potentially fatal illnesses and injuries more
Dr. Ako, Halabja, director of health, talks with
local media representatives at the opening of the
Tovo Medical Clinic, Feb. 12, in the foothills of
Kani Karweshkan, Kurdistan region of Iraq. The new
clinic offers the services of three full-time
doctors who provide emergency medical care to
approximately 500 residents in six surrounding
The clinic provides almost 500 residents from six
surrounding villages access to a medical facility
and the medical services of a staff of three
The location of the clinic also increases the
chances of survivability by providing people in a
vehicular transportation is scarce, access because
of the clinic’s central location. Access results in
more immediate care, so patients can be stabilized
before they are moved to another medical facility,
if more specialized care is necessary.
“Most of the trauma cases we see are due to snake
and scorpion bites to farmers working the fields,”
said the regional tribal leader. “These patients can
receive care immediately, lowering their chances of
The long-term potential of this clinic includes a
variety of possible development opportunities.
Kurdistan regional government officials and CF have
already entered into discussions regarding future
plans to pave the clinic route to make it more
wells to provide water to the clinic, establish
nearby electrical lines for communication, and
expand clinic services.
Projects like the opening of this clinic are just
one of several planned to promote local
participation and demonstrate the government’s
commitment to maintaining security while encouraging
social and capital development.
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