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Czech surgeons to operate heart diseases in Jordan

The team of four surgeons from the Czech Republic will arrive in December 2013 to the Jordan Hashemite Kingdom to operate children patients with heart diseases under the MEDEVAC programme. They are going to stay in Jordan from 8th to 15th December and will work in Al Khalidi Medical Centre. The aim is not only to help the children, but also to help Jordanian system of health care.

 

On December 9th, the 1st Deputy Minister of Interior and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs will arrive in Jordan to launch the work of the team of Czech surgeons in Jordan. They will also donate a sum of CZK 3 million to the Jordanian Ministry of Health. This financial gift from the Czech Republic is aimed to help Jordan in dealing with Syrian refugee crisis.

The Czech surgeons are prepared to operate approx. 10 patients during their stay in Jordan in cooperation with Al Khalidi Medical Centre and Gift of Life organization. The patients will be mainly Syrian refugees, but also Jordanian citizens. They have been selected with the emphasis on poor and uninsured patients. Selection of patients has been realized in coordination with organisations acting in Jordan as well as in coordination with the hospital, where they will be operated.

 

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On 9th December 2013, another two children patients accompanied by their family members will be transported to the Czech Republic and will be treated there. Their treatment will be covered by Czech government. In sum, CZK 8 million has been allocated for all operations of Jordanian and Syrian children patients with heart diseases in Jordan and Czech Republic.

 

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This kind of help from the Czech Republic is continuation of Czech-Jordanian good relations, especially in the area of health care. It is a part of Czech help to the Syrian crisis (see appendix about Czech response to the Syrian crisis).

 

Photo: Courtesy of David Cerny, Motol Hospital