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J. D. C. Hands over Malben Hospital to Israel Health Ministry

The 525-bed hospital at Beer Yaacov–the largest in the Middle East–was handed over today to the Ministry of Health by Malben, the Joint Distribution Committee health agency in Israel. Health Minister Israel Barzilai accepted the facility on behalf of the Government, while Charles Jordan, overseas director of the JDC, represented Malben.

During the period of heavy immigration, the Beer Yaacov Hospital under Malben operation, treated thousands of newcomers from underdeveloped countries who were afflicted with tuberculosis. Malben, which until now paid the full costs of operating the hospital, will continue to contribute 2,300,000 pounds ($1,288,000) to he hospital budget.

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