Siemens Healthcare will supply state-of-the-art diagnostics imaging equipment to all Ministry of Health hospitals (around 100) across Iraq. The recently signed contract has a value of around $70 million and is the biggest single order contract to be awarded to Siemens Healthcare in the Middle East. The products, which include magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography equipment, mobile x-rays and mammography systems, help to increase diagnostic confidence, allowing for earlier detection of diseases. The equipment will be fully serviced over a period of five years.
The Minister of Health, Iraq, His Excellency Ali Saleh Al Hasnawi, comments, “We are excited to be working closely with Siemens to offer this broad range of diagnostic services to all Ministry hospitals across Iraq. We have been a regular customer of Siemens for more than 30 years and are confident of the quality of their products, innovative solutions and excellent service history.”
“We are very proud to announce this agreement as it means we are playing an active role in the helping rebuild healthcare services in Iraq,” said Maurice Faber, Vice President Siemens Healthcare Sector Middle East. “One major result of this contract will be improved healthcare for all Iraqi people, and advanced breast cancer screening facilities for women in Iraq,” said Faber.
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 48,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2009 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 11.9 billion euros and profit of around 1.5 billion euros.