AKnews reports that a German company has started work on a $200 million hospital in the al-Qayara district of Nineveh, 30 km south of the provincial capital Mosul.
A Nineveh health official told the agency that the 600-bed hospital will serve the surrounding area which is in "desparate need" of medical facilities.
Currently, people in the area must go to Mosul for treatment.
The hospital is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.
“The German firm will equip the hospital with the latest and most advanced medical equipment to diagnose and cure cancer and kidney illnesses … the hospital will also offer ophthalmic treatments”.