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The director of the Office of the Human Rights Commission in Basra, Mahdi al-Tamimi, on Friday the high rates of cancer, confirming 700 registered monthly average in the province of a population of about three million people.
Al-Tamimi said in a press statement that "this ratio is the highest in an Iraqi province, explaining the reasons for the high casualties to the remnants of the war contaminated with uranium as well as oil contaminants.
He added that "the Iraqi government does not have any program to address the cancerous diseases in Basra, and intended not to develop solutions to address the humanitarian disaster in Basra, ignoring all appeals to them for months."
"The Ministry of Health spokesman Saif Al-Bader said in a press statement that" during the monitoring of the Ministry of cancer cases indicated that there were 20 thousand injuries last year alone, pointing out that breast cancer is the most prevalent in Iraq. "
He continued, "The ministry is working according to funds allocated by the government, but the numbers are increasing.We need time to contract with companies that provide the availability of medicines at prices does not exhaust the simple Iraqi citizen."
In the same context, a member of the Committee on Health and Environment Parliamentary Dr. Jawad al-Musawi, "The cancer patients in Iraq is increasing, especially in the southern regions, specifically in Basra."
He added that "this is due to many natural and unnatural factors, most notably the increase in the population as well as the environmental changes in Iraq as well as wars and associated conventional and non-conventional bombardments through the use of uranium and the huge environmental pollution resulting from the work of oil companies and the absence of any controls A process to reduce that pollution ".
The Basra MP Abdul Amir al-Mayahi, stressed that "Basra hospital is not ambitious to address these diseases, especially with the lack of medicines," adding that hospital doctors confirmed that the rise in large injuries and the causes of pollution in the province.
Basra and the city of Fallujah in the province of Anbar, the areas where the highest incidence of cancer, and officials and research centers and universities return to Iraq remnants of war, especially uranium and other malicious weapons used by US forces in Basra in 2003 and Fallujah in 2004, To the environmental pollution caused by the oil fields and the residues of the foreign and domestic oil companies operating in Basra. End / p