LATTAKIA, (ST) –Marking the 39th anniversary of the October Liberation War, Premier Dr. Wael al-Halqi, on Saturday inaugurated al-Basel Hospital for Cardiology & Heart Surgery and the Education Faculty at Tishreen University in Lattakia with a total cost exceeding 2 billion Syrian Pounds .
" The government is exerting strenuous efforts to meet the Syrian people's needs in all domains of life including services, development and investment institutions despite current crisis, " al-Halqi told reporters.
"The inauguration of the Education Faculty came within the government's plan to increase the capacity of universities to cope with population growth and the graduates of the secondary schools as well", adding, that as the education is considered one of the most important investment sectors, the government accords attention to higher education.".
The faculty seat 8,000 students.
As for al-Basel Center for Cardiology and Heart Surgery in Lattakia, equipped with hi-tech equipment, al-Halqi stressed that it is a qualitative addition to other Heart Surgery centers opened in Aleppo and Damascus to provide patients with essential health care services, adding that more centers are due to be opened in Deir Ezzor, al-Rastan and the entire Syrian provinces to meet citizens' needs and improve health sector in Syria.
"At President Bashar Al-Assad's directives, the government will continue building the safe and renewed Syria despite all challenges facing the country. Syria is fighting an open war against terrorism but at the same time, we work to fulfill the Syrian people's development requirements," said al-Halqi.
Al-Halqi went on saying that the government is carrying out two health projects in Lattakia city and other projects in the province, particularly Jableh National Hospital which al-Bustan Charity will establish with a total cost of more than SP 1.5 bln.
Dr. al-Halqi underlined the NGO's role as regards spreading health services across the country.
In this respect, he hailed the efforts exerted by al-Bustan Charity and other NGO's in health, development and services sectors in current crisis, especially in the framework of solving the issue of those who were displaced and affected by the armed groups' terrorist acts.
Later on, Prime Minister al-Halqi chaired a meeting at Tishreen University Hospital in Lattakia and reviewed means to overcome obstacles regarding providing technical and medical equipment to be put into force.
The premier agreed on allocating SP 50 mln to support the hospital and ensure the availability of Chemotherapy medications for cancer diseases and other treatment needs.
Al-Halqi then toured the Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatment Center in the hospital where he was briefed by the medical cadre on work mechanism and services provided.
Following his tour, Al;-Halqi addressed journalists confirming that the hospital has the capacity to accommodate 854 beds in the benefit of patients and staff..
"The government will spare no efforts to ensure all medical and technical equipment to the hospital," al-Halqi concluded.
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