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Mohammed bin Rashid Charity operating three hospitals in Iraq

posted on 07/05/2003: 734 views

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Foundation yesterday said that it had earmarked Dh50 million for meeting the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people. Speaking at a press conference, Ibrahim Bulmelha, the Foundation's Deputy Chairman, said that General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, Defence Minister and Patron of the Foundation, had also pledged to provide any additional needed funds for the assistance of the fraternal Iraqi people.

Bumelha said that the Foundation was working to operate three hospitals in Baghdad including the 400-bed Al Karama Hospital with a medical staff of 893.

Al Numan Hospital with 400 beds and medical staff of 921 as well as Al Khansa Maternity Hospital with 400 beds and a medical staff of 617. He said that the Foundation had started paying salaries of the medical staff from February and provided all medical supplies. It had also paid the wages workers operating the water and electricity departments in Baghdad.

Abdul Rahman Subeih, head of the Relief Committee, said that medical supplies were being dispatched to Iraq through one sea trip and two air lifts. He lauded the setting up of a water purification plant in Basra at the expense of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the efforts of the UAE Red Crescent and other organisations.

Meanwhile, the Sheikh Zayed Hospital, which has unofficially opened its doors, started receiving patients. Brigadier Obeid Al Kutbi, Commander of the Iraqi Relief Group, said that the hospital will be officially inaugurated on Thursday. He added that the UAE had pledged to pay the salaries of the medical staff who previously worked in Iraqi hospitals for the last two months. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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