Iraqi Health and Environment Minister Adila Hamoud was not obliged to provide misleading information about the health situation in Basra, which has declined due to the scarcity of water and the poisoned water. The health crisis had pushed the government to dispatch a ministerial delegation to Basra to look into the health and environmental situation and find solutions.
Contrary to reality, in a press conference on Saturday in Basra, Mrs. Hamoud underestimated the gravity of the situation in the governorate whose council members demanded that the governorate be declared stricken. The minister said all the documented illnesses are “simple or moderate” and are limited to stomach cramps and diarrhea, which around 1,500 people suffer from.
The minister’s statements oppose the facts, which governmental apparatuses in Basra declared. Two days after she made these statements, Director General of the Basra Health Department Riad Abdul Amir announced that the number of those poisoned in Basra has increased to 12,000Adnan Hussein