Dr. Matheel Alwan, deputy director of the hospital, stated to "Voices of Iraq" independent news agency: "The grant offered by the Japanese government to Iraq will be utilized to develop the General Hospital in the province by a specialized Japanese company."
He added that the Japanese company will start shipping its equipments from Japan during the second half of next October; 40 containers will arrive in Iraq carrying very modern medical equipments, air condition systems and washing devices.
He said that the development process will include all divisions, after evacuating them from patients and doctors, successively.
Some of the most important sections included in the development are: the delivery and surgery rooms, drainage and air conditioning systems, elevators and other service divisions.
However, Dr. Alwan did not reveal when this development process will start or how long it will take and how much it will cost.
He said that the company promised to supply all divisions in the hospital with modern medical equipments because the current ones have expired.
Azzahraa General Hospital is the biggest one in Wasit with the capacity of 400 beds. In the early nineties of the past century, Japan built modern and developed hospitals in all the provinces of Iraq with capacity of 400 beds and 6 floors each.
The Japanese Government gave Iraq a big financial grant in the form of reconstructing and re-qualifying about 13 hospitals located in different parts of the country including Kurdistan region.
The Japanese Government, also, gave an additional grant to the Iraqi Public Health Ministry in the form of 700 ambulances to improve medical services in all the provinces.
Notably, the health status in Iraq is seriously deteriorating mainly because of the very old building of hospitals and the extreme shortage in medicines and other medical requirements. (Source)Aswat Iraq