$ 1.7 billion in Iraq imports of medical supplies in 2018
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Economy News - Baghdad
Iraq imported medical materials during the year 2018 with more than $ 1.7 billion, and the UAE came to the forefront of the source countries for these materials.
The medicines occupied the largest share of imported medical materials by 84%.
The United Arab Emirates ranked first as the most exporting country for medical supplies, at 46% of the total export value of more than 15 countries, then the United Kingdom at 10%, then Turkey and Iran.
The Iraqi medical industrial sector is still weak and does not constitute more than 1% of the overall needs of Iraq for various medical materials. Despite the availability of many medical materials factories, poor marketing and lack of attention to the quality of products is the case of their ability to compete with imported medical materials even in the simplest terms such as gauze. Medical and first aid materials.
Pharmaceutical industries can be an important factor in providing the Iraqi economy with direct and indirect employment opportunities and contributing to the growth of the Iraqi non-oil economy.