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Nurses to be dispatched to support Gaza hospitals

By Petra - Nov 22,2012 - Last updated at Nov 22,2012

AMMAN — Minister of Health Abdul Latif Wreikat and Jordan Nurses and Midwives Association (JNMA) President Mohammad Hatamleh on Thursday agreed on coordinating to dispatch nurses to the Gaza Strip to enhance the capabilities of hospitals there.

During a meeting, Wreikat stressed the ministry’s keenness to support nurses in the public sector, highlighting the importance of further cooperation with the JNMA to develop training programmes for nurses.

Wreikat instructed Health Ministry Secretary General Deifallah Lozi to facilitate granting nurses at the ministry unpaid leave of absence.

Meanwhile, a supply convoy for Jordan’s military field hospital in Gaza, dubbed “Gaza 21”, arrived in the strip on Thursday through the Beit Hanoun border crossing.

Khaldoun Shammari, head of the military hospital contingent in the strip, said the seven-truck convoy was laden with medical equipment and supplies.

The aid convoy was sent in implementation of His Majesty King Abdullah’s directives to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff Gen. Mashal Al Zaben to provide further support to the field hospital to enable it to continue its humanitarian role in Gaza.

More than 929,000 patients have received treatment at the hospital since its deployment in 2009, while 116,000 surgeries have been performed.

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