A general view shows the al-Jamhuri hospital complex in the northern city of Mosul. — AFP photo

MOSUL, Iraq: Two hospitals reopened on Sunday in the heavily damaged western sector of Mosul, over a year since Iraqi security forces seized the city back from the Islamic State group.

The hospitals – one an emergency centre, the other specialising in gynaecology and obstetrics – replace buildings that were destroyed in fighting that culminated in the jihadists’ defeat in the city in July 2017.

The emergency centre has 75 beds and the other hospital 50 beds, taking the total number of beds in Nineveh province to 1,000.

This is still well below the 6,000  before IS took control of Mosul in 2014, said Falah al-Tai, a doctor who heads the province’s health sector.

“The province’s health sector has suffered a lot of damage, but  the central government in Baghdad gives it very little importance,” he said.   Humanitarian organisations are filling the gap.

“Donors don’t have confidence in public institutions” in Iraq, said Alaa Abdel Sada of the NGO Dari, which has led the reopening of the hospitals with funding from the World Health Organisation. — AFP