ERBIL — A young patient of Thalassemia in Kurdistan Region lost her life last Friday due to the shortage of medical supplies, for which authorities blame Baghdad’s embargo on drug supplies to Erbil.
Sirwa Ali Jabbari, head of media department at Erbil Thalassemia Hospital, confirmed the report to BasNews and revealed the identity of the patient as Shokhan Shukir.
She pointed out that many others are now at risk for punitive and collective punishments Baghdad has imposed on Kurdistan Region’s health sector. According to Jabbari, 1,500 patients across Kurdistan Region suffer from Thalassemia, 300 of whom are the displaced people whom are sheltered in the Kurdish region.
“The medicine shortage is putting lives of many people at risk, and if authorities do not address this issue immediately, there will be the fear of losing more lives,” she added.
Shikar Shukir, an older brother of Shokhan, told BasNews that the family blames the authorities in Baghdad for the loss. He stated that another brother of Shokhan suffers from Thalassemia, and now he is at a real risk as well.