(MENAFN- Jordan Times) AMMAN — Prime Minister Hani Mulki and Saudi Ambassador Prince Khalid Bin Faisal on Thursday inaugurated the Centre of Radiation Therapy at King Abdullah University Hospital (KAUH).
The project is funded by a Saudi grant through the Saudi Fund for Development with a value of $12 million as part of the Gulf grant, a Cabinet statement said.
The centre aims to provide cancer patients from the northern region with radiation treatment, which will make KAUH a major centre for all medical and treatment cases.
Several ministers and MPs attended the opening ceremony, said the statement.
The 2,000sq.m.-centre consists of two storeys and four rooms for radiation treatment, and will provide all required radiation therapy and other specialised medical equipment, the statement said.
The Saudi fund has also contributed to financing several development projects in Irbid, including a project at the Princess Basma Hospital worth $49 million, updating the cardiac catheterisation devices at KAUH with a cost of $8.8 million, funding projects at Yarmouk and the Jordan University of Science and Technology worth $10.35 million, and the smart buildings project at Irbid Economic Development Zone costing $2.29 million.
Mulki praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia in supporting Jordan, assuring that Saudi Arabia constantly supports Jordan, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
For his part, the Saudi ambassador said that Jordan has been suffering for several years due to the Syrian crisis, especially the northern region, noting that Jordan did not complain about the presence of Syrian refugees. He added that this project will serve the local community and Jordan's guests.
During a visit to the Jordan University of Science and Technology, the prime minister inaugurated the solar energy project implemented by JUST.
He also highlighted the importance the project, funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development which is part of the Gulf grant.
Meanwhile, under the patronage of Mulki, an agreement was signed between Jordan and Canada for an additional grant amounting to 4.88 million Canadian dollars to improve solid waste management at Al Ekaider landfill and generating income for host communities, in cooperation with UNDP.
The agreement was signed by Planning and International Cooperation Minister Imad Fakhoury and Canadian Ambassador to Jordan Peter McDougall.
Also on Thursday Mulki met with tribal leaders and dignitaries from Ramtha.
During the meeting, which was attended by a number of ministers, and MPs, Mulki said the government is keen to carry on the implementation of projects that concern the life of citizens.
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