Sunday afternoon (2 Ramadan 1441 AH) corresponding to (26 April 2020), the building of the "Hayat" Third Lobby, which was implemented by the staff of the Engineering Maintenance Department at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, and presented as a gift by the al-Kafeel Specialist Hospital to the al-Hindiya General Hospital, as a symbiotic gesture and as a precautionary measure to accommodate the Corona pandemic patients, was opened.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Iraqi Minister of Health and a delegation representing the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine headed by its Secretary-General and his deputy and a number of members of its board of directors and heads of its departments, as well as representatives from the local government in the holy city of Karbala and its security leaders and director of its health department and the head of the al-Hindiya district and the directors of its departments.
The Secretary-General of the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine accompanied the Minister and his accompanying delegation on a tour of the halls of the lobby building, and gave a brief explanation of its features and specifications and how the staffs of the holy shrine were able to accomplish it in a record time of only 24 days, indicating to him that this is the third hall that is implemented during only one month after the completion of the lobby in the medical city of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) in Karbala, and another hall in the province of Najaf was implemented for the Hospital of the Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him), and that all these lobbies were delivered to the health services to start using them and provide their services, as he assured him that the Holy Shrine is working on the implementation of all medical and preventive measures to reduce the spread of the epidemic Corona.
After completing this tour, a press conference was held, attended by a group of satellite channels and audio-visual and audio news agencies, in which the minister began his answer to the journalists' questions by commending the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine and its great role in addressing this epidemic, by the completion of the "Hayat" third building. The second part of the press conference centered on the government measures to address the Corona epidemic.
As the Minister of Health, Dr. Jaafar Allawi, affirmed, "The achievement of such an advanced health facility in a short period of time is a source of pride."
He added: With the determination of these staffs, we will be able to expand these facilities throughout the provinces of Iraq.
The Secretary-General of the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, Eng. Muhammad Al-Ashikar, had a press speech in which he said: “The construction of these halls came according to the directives of the Senior Official of the Holy Shrine, His Eminence Sayed Ahmad Al-Safi. So our first step was in the "Hayat" second hall in the medical city of Imam Hussein (Peace be upon him) that was accomplished in a very short period of 15 days only, and it contained (57) single rooms, in addition to other administrative and pharmacy rooms."
He added, "After this, our work headed towards the Al-Hindiya district to proceed with the construction of the al-Hayat Third Lobby, to be added to the District Hospital in order to contribute to increasing its clinical capacity, as it was established on an area of (1500) square meters, and contained (35) single rooms."
He explained: "These halls were handed over to the Health Department of Karbala for the purpose of investing them as it deems appropriate, especially in light of these circumstances, and the construction of these buildings has taken into consideration all the requirements of health and medical safety."