The Iraqi government has announced that work has begun on a $350-million project to build an integrated, modern medical complex in Baghdad.
Ali al-Allaq [Alallaq] (pictured), secretary-general of the Iraqi cabinet, told Al-Shorfa:
"The new 1,200-bed medical city will be built on an area of 100,000 square metres in central Baghdad, near the Tigris River on the site of the former al-Rasheed hospital"
The development will feature a variety of specialisations that the country still lacks, including cancers, neurological disorders, spinal cord problems, blood and cardiovascular diseases, bones, fractures, epidemics and contagious diseases.
Construction, to be carried out by local and European companies, is expected to be completed within three years.