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Dear CASI members, Hassan Zeini wrote: "What happened in Dujeil should perhaps be explained, not taken out of context" Well done Hassan, thanks for your explanation. But I have to say that I literally felt sick reading it. SADDAM'S HEAVY INVESTMENT IN SOCIAL PROGRAMS I still insist that these programs were not "heavy" enough for ordinary Iraqis to notice them. In this email I will try to tell you a bit about the health services. Military hospitals received good funding and had relatively high standard of service. These hospitals can only be used by members of the army or the regime officials. Saddam center for heart surgery (formerly known as "adnan kheirallah hospital") that felicity told us about was one them. But it had a section called "the private section" which can be used by ordinary citizens after paying charges that most people could not afford. Ordinary hospitals suffered from dirt (the sight of cats hanging around in operation theatres is not uncommon), shortage in medicines (the pharmacist would say :we have the paracetamol, but you need to get the antibiotic from a private pharmacy), outdated equipment (people never trusted hospital's laboratory results, unless they couldn't afford the private test), staff shortages (might be difficult to believe, but a doctor would admit 3 or even 4 people at the same time), etc.. That was all before Saddam's "wise" decision to invade Kuwait, which lead to sanctions, which brings us back to the subject of this list. ahmed Sent by Mail at easy.com, an easyGroup company. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk