Indonesian volunteers to open hospital in Gaza

Indonesia’s Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MERC) has been collecting donations and sending volunteers to open a new hospital for Palestinians in Gaza.

Indonesian volunteers to open hospital in Gaza

World Bulletin / News Desk

A non-governmental organization in Indonesia has raised approximately $15 million in donations to build a new hospital in the Gaza Strip, which is due to be opened this May.

28 Indonesian volunteers for Indonesia’s Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MERC) are currently in Gaza to add the finishing touches to the hospital, which is still waiting for certain equipment before it can start serving patients.

One 24-year-old volunteer, Fikri, who studies at the Islamic University of Gaza, told "We have taken risks to complete the hospital. It's a nice feeling to help the wounded in Gaza who suffer from Israeli aggression. We have come here and we know that it's not easy, but we are happy."

Another volunteer by the name of Abu Mohammed said "We should finish our work and transfer the hospital's administration to the Local Ministry of Health in May 2014. We work near the borders and it is unsafe. I do not know how to describe my feeling when I hear the explosions and Israeli airstrikes; however, I am ready to die for Palestine and for the weak and the just."

Once complete, the hospital will be financed by Gaza’s Health Ministry and Indonesia’s MERC. It will have about 100 beds, 8 intensive care units and four surgeries.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ocak 2014, 11:29