PM Barzani gives hope to Duhok

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Dur­ing a three-day visit to Duhok prov­ince, a high­rank­ing KRG del­e­ga­tion headed by Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani, laid the cor­ner­stones of sev­eral ser­vice projects in the city of Duhok and sur­round­ing dis­tricts.

One of the first projects in­au­gu­rated by the Prime Min­is­ter was the 100-bed hos­pi­tal in the dis­trict of Barda Rash, south east of Duhok. The to­tal bud­get for the project is $35 mil­lion (USD).

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani de­liv­ered a speech in which he ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the KRG Min­istry of Health, its min­is­ter and all its em­ploy­ees for their ef­forts. The Prime Min­is­ter went on to thank the Min­is­ter of Plan­ning for his ef­forts in im­ple­ment­ing the project.

Ad­dress­ing the peo­ple and au­thor­i­ties of Barda Rash, the Prime Min­is­ter stressed how se­ri­ously the KRG takes its re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­liver the best pos­si­ble ser­vices to ev­ery cit­i­zen of Kur­dis­tan.

The Kur­dish Prime Min­is­ter con­grat­u­lated the peo­ple of Barda Rash on this and other projects which he said were to be im­ple­mented in the dis­trict in the near fu­ture.

The Prime Min­is­ter con­cluded his speech by say­ing: “I wish good health on all of you, and hope you will never need this hos­pi­tal. But if you do ever need it, let it be built so it meets all your needs”.

The del­e­ga­tion, which in­cluded Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Imad Ahmed and a num­ber of other cab­i­net min­is­ters, vis­ited the city of Duhok on the sec­ond day of the tour, where the many cer­e­monies they at­tended in­cluded the lay­ing of the cor­ner­stone of a 100-bed can­cer hos­pi­tal.

The project, which is due for com­ple­tion within 900 days, has a to­tal bud­get of $ 41 mil­lion (USD).

If com­pleted, the hos­pi­tal is ex­pected to de­liver a world-class stan­dard of ser­vice to can­cer pa­tients with cut­ting-edge equip­ment, tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices.

Later that day, the del­e­ga­tion in­au­gu­rated an eye hos­pi­tal, which has been built with a to­tal bud­get of $10 mil­lion (USD) and is equipped with the very lat­est tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment for treat­ing the full range of eye com­plaints.

Fol­low­ing the inau­gu­ra­tion, the Prime Min­is­ter and his del­e­ga­tion at­tended a screen­ing of a video about the hos­pi­tal, its de­part­ments and ser­vices, and de­liv­ered a short speech in which he asked the man­agers and staff of the hos­pi­tal to take spe­cial care of the ad­min­is­tra­tion and hy­giene of the hos­pi­tal, re­spec­tively, and to­gether to de­liver the high­est qual­ity ser­vices to their pa­tients.

The del­e­ga­tion also at­tended the inau­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of the new Duhok Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties build­ing, a $5 mil­lion (USD) project.

The direc­torate will su­per­vise and mon­i­tor the ac­tiv­i­ties and projects of the 45 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties within Duhok prov­ince.

“Th­ese projects are the KRG’s re­sponse to those of its op­po­nents who play down its ac­tiv­i­ties and ar­gue that it does noth­ing,” the Prime Min­is­ter stated dur­ing the inau­gu­ra­tion of the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties build­ing.

On the third day of the tour, the del­e­ga­tion vis­ited the dis­trict of Am­edy and met with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties there. The mayor of Am­edy de­liv­ered a re­port on the projects in the dis­trict, of which over 140 are cur­rently at the im­ple­men­ta­tion stage. In ad­di­tion, while a 100-bed hos­pi­tal project has been ap­proved, the dis­trict still lacks a fur­ther 23 cru­cial ser­vice projects.

Dur­ing their tour, the del­e­ga­tion vis­ited other places around the prov­ince and met with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to hear their re­quests and to see the sit­u­a­tion on the ground. The del­e­ga­tion promised the peo­ple of Duhok prov­ince to de­liver more ser­vices to their ar­eas in the near fu­ture.

KRG Prim Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani speaks in a cer­e­mony of putting a foun­da­tion for a hos­pi­tal in Zakho June 2013.

KRG Prim Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani speaks in a cer­e­mony of putting a foun­da­tion for a hos­pi­tal in Zakho June 2013.

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