Saudi Arabia to fund treatment of 150 injured Syrian children

KSA will also fund procurement of thoracic radiation devices for hospitals of Aleppo and neighbouring regions

News Desk October 08, 2016

King Salman bin Abdul Aziz has ordered treatment of 150 Syrian children injured in the ongoing fierce battle in Aleppo, the Saudi Press Agency reports.

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The cost of treatment will be borne by the kingdom. "King Salman has issued a directive in this regard in response to an international humanitarian appeal made by the Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS)," Ambassador Abdullah Al-Muallami, permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, said.

Treatment will take place in border hospitals in Turkey, according to a press statement by the ambassador's office. "However the injured children, who need more specialised treatment, will be transferred to hospitals within the Kingdom," the statement read.

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Saudi Arabia will also pay for thoracic radiation devices for hospitals of Aleppo and neighbouring regions. "The Kingdom will provide (C-Scan) devices for hospitals in Aleppo and surrounding areas as needed,” the statement further revealed.

Commenting on the humanitarian assistance, Badr Bin Abdulrahman Al-Samhan, the regional director of the Saudi National Campaign, said, "The campaign is keen on providing all relief services for Syrians, especially in the medical field." SNC is a campaign that is offering humanitarian support to distressed Syrians and has provided medical services to about 500 Syrians living in Al-Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan during the month of September.

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Saudi Arabia has so far set up 13 specialized clinics, a psychiatric unit, laboratory, an X-ray department and a pharmacy in the Al-Zaatari camp to provide medical assistance.

This article originally appeared on Saudi Gazette


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