TEHRAN, Oct 11 (IRCS) _ Iranian Red Crescent has loaded a 200-ton consignment of medicine and medical supplies destined for Iraq on Wednesday, to provide health services to the pilgrims of the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (a.s.), the third Shia Imam, in the religious Arbaeen pilgrimage, a shia Muslim religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura.
“40 interim clinics and medical posts of the IRCS Hajj and Pilgrimage Medical Centre will be ready to offer services to the pilgrims in Iraq,” said Dr. Seyyed Ali Mar’ashi, head of the IRCS Hajj and Pilgrimage Medical Centre. “A team of the IRCS were dispatched to Iraq on Tuesday, setting up IRCS medical centers; other teams will be dispatched until October 17.”
IRCS send 400 medicine items and 80 medical devices as well as 2,000 physician, specialist, and relief workers to Iraq.
IRCS medical teams will offer special and outpatient services to the pilgrims during the trek.
Mar’ashi said the IRCS specialized team consists of over 90 specialists, including surgeons, orthopedists, cardiologists, gynecologists, pediatricians, and neurologists, and added: “This year, for the first time, a traditional clinic has also been set up in Karbala.”
IRCS specialists will be deployed in Euphrates Hospital in Kufa and in Al-Hassan in Karbala. A field hospital of the Iranian Red Crescent will be set up in Kut in participation with armed forces.