Category Archives: Health

Kurdistan’s health care system: thwarted medical practice

Dr Rebeen

By Dr. Rebeen Rahim Saeed: Practicing medicine to treat and save patients is one of the most important careers in the world because, in every aspect, it deals with life and death. A healthcare system is a priority that requires significant funding in every civilized and developed country. Kurdistan is a country with its own…

The importance of Family Medicine

By Chra Abdulla: Have you ever needed to take a vaccine, get a prescription for the flu, or even wanted to discuss your depression with someone? Well, a family physician is your best option. The main problem that many people face in Kurdistan is in having to deal with so many different doctors and queue…

A tale of two health systems

By Chra Abdulla: Many people complain about the healthcare system in Kurdistan and how it needs to become like the west, but have you ever sat down and actually compared the two? I am going to try my best to give you a glimpse of what Kurdish and Australian hospitals are like through a fictional…

‘Optimism’ on Kurd cancer care & ‘zero tolerance’ of expired meds peddlers: Professor Anwar Sheikha

Exclusive Interview (Part 2) with Professor Anwar Sheikha by Harem Karem: HK: Do you have any comments on the expired medicine scandal? AS: As we are seeing a very lucrative market for medicine in Kurdistan, I think the courts should have their proper role in prevention and punishments. In fact, I think punishments should be…

‘It’s time to come back and contribute to the health service here’: Professor Anwar Sheikha

Exclusive Interview (part 1) by Harem Karem: The renowned Professor Anwar Sheikha has done more than anyone to improve the quality of cancer care in the Kurdistan Region. HK: Could you give us a brief account about your professional background as a haematologist and oncologist? AS: Let me start by thanking the Kurdistan Tribune for arranging this…

Kurdistan’s 30 blinded victims left uncared for

By Harem Karem: KT Exclusive Latest victims of the corruption and social-injustice that pervades the Kurdistan region are the 30 unfortunate individuals who were blinded as result of being given illegally imported and expired Avastin medicine at a Hawler public hospital. Nineteen of these patients were transferred to a hospital in Munich, Germany, for treatment….

Avastin doesn’t blind people, people blind people

Dr. Helene A. Sairany

By Dr. Helene A. Sairany: There has been a substantial media reaction in the Kurdish region of Iraq over the 30 patients who have been allegedly harmed by the ocular injections of Avastin (Benvacizumab). Avastin is a monoclonal antibody developed by Genentech/Roche used for cancer patients to minimize the blood supply to the tumor cell….

Kurds honour the life of Dr Rizgar Amin, human rights activist

KT News: Kurds will today gather in London to honour the life of Dr Rizgar Amin, the dedicated psychiatrist, champion of women’s rights and ambassador for Kurds who died last month. Details: Saturday 25th May, 16.00-18.30 The Adelaide Suite London Marriott Hotel Regents Park, 128 King Henry’s Road London, NW3 3ST Tel: 0207 722 7711 Bookmark…

Scandal of the 400-bed hospital in Sulaimani

By Dr. Goran Abdulla: The role of international actors in derailing the Kurdish transition to democracy: The case of the 400-bed hospital in Sulaimani The scandal of the 400-bed hospital in Sulaimani is an example of the deleterious role that international actors may play in derailing the transition of a developing country to democracy. In…

Outdated medicine blinds elderly patients in Erbil

By Mufid Abdulla: A row is raging between the health minister, Dr Rekawt Hama Rashid, and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over the use of outdated medicines by an Erbil hospital which has blinded around 30 patients. The expired medicine was brought to the Kurdistan Region by a Turkish businessman who supplied it to a…

Planned Parenthood: The right to choose

By Dr. Helene A. Sairany and Tara Fatehi: Not long ago, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) placed serious energy and money into miscellaneous campaigns to combat violence against women. My one goal out of the whole effort was to enhance self-autonomy.  By that, I mean to educate and empower every woman to know her right to choose…

Weight gain and weight loss difficulties: the Set-Point Theory (part 2)

Kanya Said

By Kanya Said: Many of us try to lose weight but we find it very hard. We often lose some weight at the beginning. After that, we get very tired and we give in to the food offered, especially in the Kurdish culture where it is considered rude for a guest to say ‘no’ when…

Weight gain and weight loss difficulties (Part 1)

Kanya Said

By Kanya Said: With the new year starting not long ago a lot of people have now started to work on their “New Year Resolution” list and its most common promise: to lose weight. Most of us have some excess weight that puts us in the overweight class in standards of BMI and it would…

The dose makes the poison

 By Tablo Mohammad: According to World Health Organization (WHO): “Pharmacetical products (more commonly known as medicines or drugs) are fundamental components of both modern and traditional medicine. It is essential that such products are safe, effective and of good quality, and are prescribed and used rationally” . With these few lines is clear that different factors…

A ‘Manual of Medicine’ for every Kurdish home

Kanya Said

By Kanya Said: Very often, when I listen to doctors practicing in Kurdistan, I get complaints about how much work they have to do and how the stress affects their work. The hospitals are overloaded and there aren’t enough doctors to give patients the proper help they need. When entering a hospital one can see…