New projects for Jerusalem

February 13, 2014 - 7:35:15 am

Officials at the ceremony at Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

DOHA: Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has announced implementation of three new medical projects in Jerusalem worth QR2.3m ($631,000), a statement said yesterday.

The projects are at Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s hospital in Jerusalem and include the restoration and rehabilitation of the Department of Postnatal and Premature Babies, installation of a firefighting network with an early alarm system and purchase of custom-made ambulances.

The announcement was made at a ceremony at the headquarters of Palestinian Red Crescent Society, attended by Adnan Husseini, Minister for Jerusalem Affairs; Dr Anan Al Masri, Deputy Minister of Health; Dr Younis Khatib, President of Palestinian Red Crescent Society and Mona Ghannam, Director of the Representative Office of Qatar Red Crescent in the West Bank.

Ghannam, who represented QRC at the ceremony, commented on the unique relationship between the Qatari and Palestinian national societies as they share the same humanitarian mission, particularly providing support for the Palestinian people, saying that the goal of these projects is to improve health services for the residents of Jerusalem. 

The restoration and rehabilitation of the postnatal and premature babies’ department is valued at $411,000 and aims to improve the medical services provided to the Palestinian people. The hospital witnesses 3,300 births a year, as well as around 750 surgeries.

The project is expected to improve the level of medical services at the hospital and should enable it to accommodate higher numbers of sick and premature babies, including difficult cases transferred from elsewhere in Palestine.

The project coincided with the implementation of a project for the installation and operation of an automatic fire fighting and alarm system at a cost of $179,000 approved by the Civil Defence Department of the city of Jerusalem. 

The system has facilitated obtaining the appropriate licenses from the competent authorities in Jerusalem as well as providing a safe environment for all patients and hospital staff.

QRC has also purchased and equipped a motorbike ambulance and a quad bike ambulance at for the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Jerusalem branch, at a cost of $50,000. The vehicles are designed to enable access to the narrow alley ways of the Old City of Jerusalem and the narrow streets at refugee camps.

This initiative is the first of its kind at the old city of Jerusalem. The motorbike ambulance began its field work last Ramadan, while the quad bike ambulance is expected to begin its work by mid-February.

The Peninsula