Footage obtained from Doctors without Borders (MSF) show dire scenes of Iraqis requiring medical attention, some critical, as may flee from battles between ISIS and the Iraqi army to liberate the vital city.
The organization's facilities received thousands of critical cases, most of them wounded from war, and that MSF’s centers in eastern Mosul received more than 4,000 cases of injured civilians since opening in February last year, MSF’s Head of Regional Information Office Enass Abu Khalaf told Al Arabiya.
“Most hospitals in Mosul have been damaged or destroyed,” said Marc van der Mullen, MSF Head of Mission.
“In West Mosul, medical services are severely disrupted and the ongoing fighting is causing many injuries and deaths. In East Mosul, medical facilities slowly get back on their feet but there are gaps in medical services such as post-operative care, mother and child care, and inpatient care so MSF is working on addressing them,” van der Mullen added.
MSF is currently working in six medical facilities in and around Mosul, providing lifesaving emergency and surgical care, including mother and child health care as well as providing long term post-operative care to those in need of follow up and rehabilitation following major surgery.
“The fighting and the humanitarian situation pose enormous challenges for MSF in Iraq, which is providing medical relief to men, women and children wounded in and around the fighting in near Mosul,” Abu Khalaf told Al Arabiya.