Adila Hammoud, Minister of Health, opened Iraq Medicare – Baghdad 2014, the International Healthcare Exhibition and Conference, at the Baghdad International Fair Ground. Organized by IFP Iraq, the show took place from 1 to 3 December with the support of the Ministry of Health and KIMADIA, the State Company for Marketing Drugs and Medical Appliances.
The inauguration was attended by numerous acclaimed members of the Ministry of Health; official bodies related to the health sector; diplomats from Iran, Turkey, India, Libya; and members of the press.
During her speech, Adila Hammoud stressed on the importance of the show taking place at this time, during which the “development of the health sector is a government priority to help its patients and serve its citizens.” She then continued by saying, “this mission is not only the government’s responsibility, but is also that of the private sector, who plays a big role in supporting the Ministry of Health’s efforts, which backs this show fully.”
Hammoud also indicated that it is important for the show’s international participants to contribute in hospital operations via their expertise and techniques; in addition to reforming the healthcare sector, developing insurance policies, and working with the public sector on projects that the Ministry of Health is trying to develop by cooperating with companies, organizations, and international experts.
As for the trade fair sector and the challenges it faces at this time, Mr. Jassim Al Amari, General Manager of the Baghdad International Fair Ground, explained, “this show took place despite the challenges and difficulties, providing expert solutions for the healthcare sector’s needs through an extensive showcase and one on one meetings. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Ministry of Health.”
Hussam Ghalayini, General Manager of IFP Iraq – Baghdad, went on to say, “After five years of continuous success in Erbil, the company decided to expand its operations to the capital, Baghdad; thus, presenting a unique opportunity to discover the latest medical equipment, techniques, technologies and services from over 50 international and local companies that are participating in the show.”
Ghalayini continued by explaining how the event’s activities included one on one meetings as well as roundtables, covering travel for medical purposes, dentistry, ophthalmology, the latest medical discoveries, facilitating future careers in the healthcare industry, and many other important topics related to this field.
In line with the Ministry of Health’s plans for developing healthcare services, the show entailed a vast showcase of medical equipment, products, services and solutions, covering the needs of hospitals, clinics, medical centers, laboratories, and many more healthcare facilities. Professional visitors at the event got the opportunity to discover the latest healthcare services and techniques that are present in the Iraqi market for the first time; not to mention numerous related services such as health insurance premiums, educational programs and many more.
The organizers estimated a turnout of 3,000 professional and specialized visitors from the public and private sectors, who benefited from the opportunity of meeting a large number of medical companies and healthcare providers under one roof, in a one of a kind setting that is unparalleled in the entire country.
The event took place from 1 to 3 December.