UAE-Jordanian field hospital launched to help Syrian refugees

AL MAFRAQ, JORDAN: The UAE-Jordanian field hospital, set up at the refugee camps near the border with Syria to help Syrian displaced from their country, was officially launched today in a ceremony here by Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

In attendance at the launch ceremony were Jordanian Health Minister Abdellatif Wurekat, Ambassador of the UAE to Jordan Abdullah Nasser Al Ameri, UNHCR representative to Jordan Andrew Harper, WFP Country Director Maha Ahmad, representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and officials of the UAE’s Red Crescent Authority (RCA) and Jordanian charities.

Tens of volunteer doctors, nurses, health professionals, technicians and administrators from the UAE, Jordan and other countries jointly run the hospital’s clinics and provide free full medical care for thousands of Syrians who were displaced to the Jordanian territory.

Operating this field hospital is in line with directives from the UAE’s top leadership to alleviate the suffering of patients in Amman, Mafraq, Ramtha, Ma’an, Irbid and other cities.

In remarks at the opening ceremony, Judeh said: “the advanced medical equipment and the highly trained staff at the hospital reflect the great interest the UAE has in helping Syrian refugees and alleviating their suffering and meeting their needs.” The Minister expressed gratitude for President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA) for their humanitarian initiatives to help the needy and victims of disasters worldwide.

He said the UAE is at the forefront of international humanitarian efforts as part of the approach established by the late founding father Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

He expressed special thanks to H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed saying he is well known for his philanthropist initiatives to help underprivileged old people and children in particular.

For his part, Jordanian Health Minister Abdellatif Wurekat said the hospital sets an example of real partnership and optimal voluneer work for underprivileged people.

He added that setting up a fully operational hospital like this with 500-bed capacity is not something easy to do within days.

The senior Jordanian officials were briefed by Emirati cardiologist Adel Al Shameri, CEO of the UAE-Jordanian Field Hospital, on the units, specializations and services provided to the refugees.