Three more maternity hospitals need to be built in Sulaimaniyah to deal with the fact that a baby is born every 35 minutes in the province, medical officials say.
The Director of Sulaimaniyah's only maternity hospital, Shler Fayaq Gharib, said the province needs three more maternity hospitals to deal with the increase in births.
AKnews reports that during the first six months of 2011 some 7,458 babies have come into the world in Sulaimaniyah, a 3.5 per cent increase on the same period last year, with a baby being born every 35 minutes.
The current maternity hospital caters for 201 patients, but demand regularly exceeds this figure.
“Sulaimaniyah desperately needs three more hospitals,” Gharib said.
The figures show that miscarriages have increased 21 per cent since last year. There were 876 miscarriages during the first six months of 2010, but the same period this year has seen 1,118 .
These kinds of complications put a greater burden on the already overloaded system.