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Hugo Chavez Hospital to open next month in West Bank

Palestinian minister of health Jawad Awwad [Mohammed Asad/Apaimages]
Palestinian minister of health Jawad Awwad [Mohammed Asad/Apaimages]

Palestinian Authority (PA) Health Minister Jawad Awwad yesterday announced that Hugo Chavez Ophthalmic Hospital is to open its doors for patients next month, the Safa news agency reported.

Located in Turmus Ayya neighbourhood near Ramallah, the hospital will provide advanced eye care, according to the health minister.

The government of Venezuelan donated $15 million to build the hospital, which is constructed by the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR) in cooperation with the health ministry.

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The hospital consists of four floors, with an overall area of 7,300 square feet and is made up of two buildings, connected by an eye-shaped plaza.

Designed to be eco-friendly, the hospital’s wastewater will be treated on site.

The hospital was named after the late Venezuelan president because he supported Palestinians and their cause.

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