Iraqi MDs Learn Emergency Infant Care Techniques at 2nd
Dan Purcell and Pfc. Erik Ledrew, 122nd MPAD
(CENTCOM) — The 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Camp Dragoon
aid station took on the role of a teaching hospital when six local
doctors completed a neonatal resuscitation course March 20.
Lt. Col. Kelly
A. Murray, regimental surgeon and course program director, teamed
with Maj. Linda G. Slayton for the daylong class which taught their
Iraqi colleagues emergency resuscitation techniques for newborn
This class was
a follow up on techniques learned during recent Advanced Life Support
in Obstetrics classes conducted previously, said Murray. The Neonatal
Resuscitation Program, affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics,
is funded by grants from the Iraqi Family Physician Society and
the 2nd ACR.
In June, 2003,
Dr. Hassan Hadi Baker, president of the newly formed Iraqi Family
Physician Society, expressed an interest in exchanging medical techniques,
of the obstetrics course and the neo-natal resuscitation course
is to support the Iraqi Ministry of Health’s plan to decrease
the neonatal mortality rate by 50 percent throughout Iraq by 2005,”
Iraq’s neo-natal mortality rate at 10.8 percent, or 108 deaths
for every 1,000 children born, said Murray.
the obstetrics course with the neo-natal course,” said Murray,
“we can conceivably reduce the mortality rate by 80 percent.”
The other Iraqi
physicians taking the course were Drs. Maysoon M. Jabir, Nada Flerh
Hassar, Ban Hafydh, Tareef Fadhil and Hussein Fadhil Al Jawadi.
here are very well trained,” Murray said “Some of the
older doctors were trained abroad at a time when they were still
allowed to do so.”
Hassan has worked
tirelessly over the last year to improve health care facilities
throughout Iraq, Murray said.
one of the best managers I have ever known,” she said. “He
has one of the most successfully run hospitals in Baghdad.”
time I met Lt. Col. Murray, everything was in ruins and she helped
us with everything — from supplies to training,” said Hassan.
“She has been a great help.”
first meeting, Murray and Hassan have been exchanging ideas and
working together weekly for the past year, he said.
we got here, a lot of the hospitals just weren’t functioning,”
said Murray. “The latest chapter in trying to help is medical
To ensure that
these courses continue after the regiment returns to its home station
at Fort Polk, La., Murray gave the course materials to the Iraqi
Family Physician Society and has been corresponding with the incoming
1st Cavalry Division Surgeon about the program.
I return to the United States, I’m going to continue to maintain
correspondence with the Iraqi Family Physician Society to facilitate
the continuity of the program,” she said.
(Iraqi doctors) are already knowledgeable in the material we’re
covering,” said Murray. The course is structured so that the
doctors participating in the 2nd ACR program can teach what they
have learned to nurses and doctors-in-training working in hospitals
and clinics. The techniques can also be passed onto midwives and
traditional birth attendants who deliver the majority of babies
outside the hospital.
is that they can function more as a team when reacting to emergencies
both during and after deliveries,” said Murray.