The latest Miles of Smiles convoy to Gaza has donated $60,000 to the field hospital established by Jordan in the aftermath of the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip in 2009. According to the coordinator of the convoy Miles of Smiles 7, participant NGOs donated the money to the hospital to purchase much-needed medical equipment. Dr. Essam Mustafa pointed out that Miles of Smiles 6 had donated an electrical generator to the hospital two months earlier valued at $40,000.
Speaking to the media, Dr. Mustafa hailed the efforts of the King of Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in supporting the Palestinian people. He pointed out that the aid convoys organised by the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) played an important role in easing the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
When the Miles of Smiles 7 participants visited the hospital they were welcomed by Sanaa Al-Sawalqa and Dr. Fawaz Al-Shurfat of the senior management team as well as a number of the medical staff. The convoy delegates praised the quality of the services provided by the hospital, emphasising its importance in helping the people of Gaza.
Mr Al-Sawalqa spoke of the various medical and humanitarian services provided by the hospital, noting that it was established by King Abdullah on 26th January, 2009. He explained that the medical teams work around the clock to treat around 1,200 patients daily in its regular and emergency clinics. Since it opened, said Al-Sawalqa, the hospital has treated more than 600,000 people.