Arrival of Hadassah Hospital Administrator Marks New Phase of Zaire Medical Project

An Israeli hospital administrator has arrived in Zaire’s capital city to organize operation of the nation’s newest medical facility — a new hospital being built jointly by a local Christian sect, the United States Agency for International Development and Hadassah.

Eli Mor, Administrator of the Hadassah-University Hospital in Jerusalem, will lead the Kinshasha hospital’s staff of 157 medical and support personnel through the early stages of its operations over the next 30 months. The facility occupies seven buildings on the site of a small hospital run by the Kimbanguist Church and will serve about 150,000 Kinshasha residents.

Mor will be joined in six months by the first of several teams of doctors and nurses from the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel who have volunteered for rotating two-month stints at the new hospital to help train its staff in the latest techniques in patient care.

Funding to expand and upgrade the site and to equip the hospital was provided through a $1.5 million A.I.D. grant awarded last September. The hospital includes departments in pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics, surgery and internal medicine and is equipped with operating theaters, recovery room, diagnostic laboratories and intensive care and radiology units. The project has the support of the governments of both Israel and intensive care and radiology units. The project has the support of the governments of both Israel and Zaire.

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