- Title: IRAQ: AID: SAUDI ARABIAN MILITARY BUILD MEDICAL FACILITY IN WESTERN BAGHDAD.
- Date: 23rd April 2003
- Summary: (W5) WESTERN BAGHDAD, IRAQ (APRIL 23, 2003) (REUTERS) 1. VARIOUS: SAUDI MILITARY MEDICAL VEHICLES; SIGN SAYING IN ENGLISH "SAUDI HUMANITARIAN AID FOR IRAQI PEOPLE"; AMBULANCE; SAUDI SOLDIERS ERECTING TENTS AT MEDICAL FACILITY (5 SHOTS) 0.24 2. GV: MEDICAL VEHICLES WITH RED CRESCENT SIGN ON THEM LINED UP 0.29 3. GV: MAN IN MILITARY CLOTHING DIRECTING UNLOADING 0.33 4. GV: SOLDIERS UNLOADING MEDICAL SUPPLIES 0.38 5. GV/TILT/MV/CU: MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN MILITARY OPERATING ROOM; VARIOUS OF OPERATING EQUIPMENT (5 SHOTS) 1.04 6. MCU: (SOUNDBITE) (English) COLONEL DOCTOR SAUD AL-SELASH, DIRECTOR OF THE FIELD HOSPITAL OF THE SAUDI CENTRE FOR AID, SPEAKING IN FRONT OF AMBULANCE "Some Iraqi hospitals have been looted so we will, In shallah (God willing), help them re-establish their hospitals by some medications. Also, In shallah (God willing), if they have any complicated cases which our hospital cannot deal with, we are planning to medevac them to Saudi Arabia" 1.29 7. GV: AID TRUCK WITH SIGN ON IT 1.32 8. CU/GV: SAUDI FLAG; SAUDI FLAG FLYING ON HUMVEE OUTSIDE MEDICAL CENTRE IN WESTERN BAGHDAD (2 SHOTS) 1.40 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 8th May 2003 13:00
- Location: WESTERN BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVA868R3OHZNR8M4ZZGODE4ITZYL
- Story Text: An emergency medical facility has been set up in the
Iraqi capital of Baghdad by the Saudi Arabian army's medical
services as badly needed medical aid starts to flow into a
country where the medical system has been wrecked by the
U.S.-led war on Iraq, subsequent looting and by years of
Saudi military medical personnel on Wednesday (April
23, 2003) began setting up a medical centre in western Baghdad a day
after a convoy of Saudi trucks arrived in the Iraqi capital
from the Saudi border.
The convoy arrived a day after a plane load of Saudi
relief supplies flew into Baghdad International Airport.
By Wednesday morning, Saudi military medical personnel
were hard at work setting up a field hospital with two beds, a
recovery room, an intensive care unit and patient wards.
The facility is also equipped with x-ray facilities, a
pharmacy and hospital lab.
Some 60 doctors and 200 nurses have been sent by Saudi
Arabia to deal with every conceivable type of injury or
And according to the doctor in charge of the facility, the
unit hopes to provide medical supplies to help restart looted
If patients are too sick to be treated locally they will
be flown to Saudi Arabia, where some 200 beds are on standby.
The original convoy consisted of 160 trucks, but according
to Colonel Saud Al-Selash, more supplies are on the way, which
is good news for Iraqis desperate for medical care. Supplies
that have arrived already are now being distributed in Baghdad
by the Iraqi Red Crescent.
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