Many years of war, beginning with the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, have prepared Baghdad’s hospitals for large influxes of wounded patients. But as COVID-19 began to spread through the city last summer, weaknesses in the overstretched health care system quickly became apparent. Even people with COVID-19 delayed coming in for treatment.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams supported the respiratory care unit of al-Kindi hospital throughout summer 2020. They saw first-hand the increasing needs and how the hospital was unable to cope with the flood of COVID-19 patients in need of close and consistent follow-up. MSF worked with health authorities to add its own COVID-19 treatment ward inside al-Kindi hospital, which opened in September with 24 beds. It has since grown to a 36-bed purpose-built facility. In this video, MSF nurse Amjad Ibrahim shows us a look inside the ward. Read more.