The Pulse: New Kerbala Hospital Equipped to Improve Care
Iraq has just 1.3 hospital beds per 1,000 people, compared with 2.9 in the United Kingdom, 2.3 in Brazil and 1.9 in Malaysia. The quality of healthcare in the country is “far from desired levels,” according to the World Health Organization, while most private hospitals are small and located in Baghdad. In this environment, the new 200-bed Al Kafeel Super Specialty Hospital in Kerbala stands out.
Not only is it relatively large for a private hospital in Iraq, but the five-story facility will deliver high-quality, innovative treatment to more people, while also improving healthcare standards in the region. This is possible, not only because of the skill and care of the attending healthcare practitioners, but also because these doctors, nurses and technicians will be working with state-of-the-art medical equipment that was selected by GE.
Holy Attaba Abbasiah, the hospital’s manager, commissioned GE to deliver a suite of diagnostic imaging, ultrasound and other monitoring solutions that will benefit each patient in almost all the hospital’s departments. From maternity and neonatal care to cardiology and surgery, the equipment includes anesthesia machines and monitors for the surgical department, and ultrasound and imaging systems, and electrocardiograph equipment for the radiology unit.
GE equipment includes the latest Optima CT660 Spatial Enhanced CT and MR360 Advance 1.5T MRI, as well as with monitors, incubators, Voluson ultrasound imaging systems and other vital medical equipment for the maternity, neonatal care and neonatal intensive care departments.
GE also will provide extensive, continuous onsite and international training for the hospital’s healthcare professionals to ensure patients benefit from the latest developments in diagnosis and treatment.
Healthcare is evolving in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) as the medical needs change, requiring the latest technologies and quality of care. GE is helping realize this evolution, other examples are profiled in “The Pulse” series on Hewar. For more on GE Healthcare in MENAT, click here.