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Hi Diamuid, No, you are not the only one who misread what had Judith written. I ask her to let the hospitals in her city close, then she will see the result of that. Here in Iraq and through the Ministry of Health efforts the rate of new born babies mortality was 25 out of 10000 alive birth. That rate; which was before the embargo, was very close to the international rate (10 out of 10000) that was achieved only in the very developed states. During the savage aggression against Iraq in 1991, most of the hospitals in Baghdad and other cities were badly bombed. After that the UNESCOM destroyed the factory of the vaccines. Until the Oil for Food, all kinds of drugs and vaccines were not allowed to inter Iraq but through humanitarian aides which were not enough while the hospitals were not rehabilitated yet. For all these reasons the mortality rate became more than ten folds. This rate is reported by UNSEF. Regards Nermin al-mufti, Baghdad ----- Original Message ----- From: "Diarmuid" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 2:54 AM Subject: [casi] Effect of hospitals [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] I was very surprised to read Judith's post attached to Ghazwan's latest post. It seems somewhat hypothetical to say that if all the hospitals in the world were closed down, this would have very little effect on child mortality rates. Very often hypotheses are disproved by fact. I am struggling to imagine how children who are suffering from malnutrition and disease are put at no disadvantage because there is no medical care available to them. Surely having qualified doctors at hand with the necessary equipment and medicines would improve the chances of the sick? Have I misread the post or am I the only one who finds it incredible that somebody can say that the availability of health care is of minor concern? _______________________________________________ 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 _______________________________________________ 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 email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk