(MENAFN-Palestine News Network)
Jerusalem / PNN /
Finland is contributing € 2 million to the Palestinian Authority to support the payment of referrals to hospitals in East Jerusalem. This contribution is channeled through the EU program of direct financial support to the Palestinian Authority “PEGASE mechanism”.
This support will help the Palestinian Authority meet its obligations to hospitals in East Jerusalem amid the ongoing dramatic budget crisis in the Palestinian Authority and the socio-economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also help hospitals in East Jerusalem maintain essential medical services for Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and Gaza.
Together with the member states of the European Union, the EU has supported the Palestinian Authority since 2012 with regular contributions to the payment of transfers to hospitals in East Jerusalem which have reached more than 140 million euros since then.
These hospitals are an integral part of the Palestinian health system and provide specialized services not found anywhere else in the West Bank and Gaza.
“The hospitals in East Jerusalem are among the few Palestinian institutions still functioning in the city and providing quality essential health services that are not available elsewhere in Palestine. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and its unprecedented implications for the well-being of the Palestinian population, they have played a crucial role as an integral part of the Palestinian health sector, ” said the representative of European Union Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff. The Union and its Member States are supporting these hospitals to ensure that they continue to serve Palestinian patients throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Through this, we are also helping to preserve the Palestinian identity of East Jerusalem which is challenged every day by the ongoing Israeli occupation practices, ” he added.
“Finland remains committed to supporting high quality health care for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank. Our direct financial support through PEGASE creates stability and relieves the lives of Palestinian families in need of specialized health services, ”said Ambassador Päivi Peltokoski, representative of Finland.
Most of the European Union’s aid to the Palestinian Authority goes through PEGASE, the financial mechanism launched in 2008 to support the Palestinian Authority’s reform and development plan and subsequent Palestinian national plans and political programs. In addition to helping cover a substantial part of its operating costs, EU funds support major reform and development programs in key ministries, to help prepare the Palestinian Authority to become a state. Since February 2008, more than 2.9 billion euros have been disbursed under PEGASE direct financial support programs. In addition, the EU has provided assistance to the Palestinian people through UNRWA and a wide range of cooperation projects.
The hospitals in East Jerusalem are the main centers of specialized care within the Palestinian health system. Patients requiring medical services that are not available in the West Bank and Gaza – such as specialist oncology, kidney care, and heart surgery – are referred for treatment in hospitals in East Jerusalem by the Palestinian ministry of health. Health. There are six health facilities in East Jerusalem: Augusta Victoria Hospital, Makassed Hospital, St Joseph’s Hospital, St John’s Eye Hospital, the Palestinian Red Crescent Maternity and the Princess Basma Rehabilitation Center.
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