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Source: Jordan
22 August 2007

Royal directives dispatch medical aid to Palestinian hospitals

AMMAN, August 22 (Petra) -
His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday instructed the dispatch of urgent medical assistance to Al Maqased Hospital in Jerusalem and Gaza Strip hospitals, especially Al Shifaa Hospital, due to the shortage of necessary drugs and medical equipment. The Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) has taken steps to deliver the aid shipments within the next few days, JHCO Secretary General Abdul Salam Abbadi said. The assistance is part of King Abdullah's support for Palestinians to mitigate the shortage of medical equipment and drugs that Palestinian hospitals face. According to Abbadi, a total of 228 aid convoys were sent to the Palestinian territories upon Royal directives over the past three years at a total cost of JD50 million. Late last year, King Abdullah ordered the dispatch of two dialysis units to Al Shifaa Hospital, the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip, which suffers from severe shortages of medicines and medical equipment due to economic hardships.

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