AGERPRES special correspondent Dana Purgaru reports: Secretary of State with Romania's Ministry of Internal Affairs, head of the Emergency Situations Department, Raed Arafat, accompanied by the head of Romania's Representative Office in Palestine Catalin-Mihai Tirlea visited Thursday evening and Friday morning two medical facilities in Ramallah, headed by alumni of the Romanian school of medicine.The delegation of Romanian and Palestinian officials visited on Thursday evening the Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah, a private facility built two years ago for patients covered by private insurance and defence personnel.
Hospital representatives presented the Romanian - Palestinian delegations the hospital, including the blood collection and newborn center, as well as the polyclinic and emergency department. The head of the 340-bed medical facility that employs over 400 people declared himself proud of receiving such a visit and confessed in Romanian that he studied in Romania in the '80s, but returned to Palestine to practice his profession. In his turn, Dr. Raed Arafat said he was impressed by the exceptional medical equipment of the Istishari Arab Hospital.
On Friday morning the Romanian delegation, accompanied by Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awaad and other officials, went to the Palestine Medical Complex, Ramallah's main public medical facility that consists of five hospitals with different specializations. The director of this institution too looked back in time, telling the guests in Romanian that he studied in Romania and then chose to practice in Palestine. He added that one of the six Palestinian doctors who completed in the Romanian city of Targu Mures a six-month emergency medicine course is currently leading the emergency department of the Ramallah hospital.