Infectious diseases increase in Iraq as public health service deteriorates

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:940
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The health of Iraqis continues to decline more than 18 months after the invasion, and this year has seen a dramatic increase in the toll of infectious disease, a report released last week by the Iraqi interim government's Ministry of Health says.

    Ala'din Alwan, interim health minister, presented the report to a conference of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq in Japan last week. “More Iraqis may have died as a result of inappropriate health policies, sanctions, and neglect of the health sector over the past 15 years than from wars and violence,” said Dr Alwan.

    The greatest deficiencies are in primary …

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