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Qatar covers treatment costs for 3,020 eye patients in Gaza

In this handout image provided by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (3rd L) visits federal institution (compound Faudovov Scientific) for eye surgery on January 23, 2011 in Cheboksary, Russia. [Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty Images]

Qatar Fund for Development has covered treatment costs for 3,020 eye patients in the Gaza Strip, a statement issued by the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza Strip said yesterday.

The statement, a copy of which sent to MEMO, said that the payments were part of a $2 million grant paid to the Saint John Gaza Eye Hospital to maintain the sustainability of its services.

The grant started in May 2019, the statement explained, and will last until May 2021. It covers the costs of eye surgeries and other examinations and eye treatments.

The grant is supervised by the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza as part of the Gulf state's support for Gaza residents amid their urgent need for help.

Ambassador Mohamed Al Emadi, head of the reconstruction committee, said that this is the second grant offered to Saint John hospitals.

He said that first grant, also $2 million, was paid for the construction and equipment of the headquarters of the hospital in Gaza, which was named after the former Qatari Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the father of the current Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

The hospital was inaugurated in 2016.

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