- Published on Monday, 11 June 2012 12:03
Major General Talal Dweikat, the governor of Jenin, and Ammar Aker, CEO of the Palestinian Telecommunication Group inaugurated a health center for the town of Rumana, which will be supported and funded by the Telecom Group, in a formal ceremony attended by the people of the town and the Director General of the Ministry of Local Government in the province and the President and members of the Municipal council of Rumana.
The ceremony opened with the national anthem and a reading from the Holy Quran, after which the governor gave a speech thanking the Telecom Group for its involvement in the initiative and its continuing role and participation in humanitarian and nation-building efforts.
He pointed to the importance of the role played by major companies such as Telecom to meet the needs of Palestinian citizens, particularly in pressing issues that affect large sectors of society, such as health: "The opening of this health center will provide services to thousands of citizens," Dweikat said, stressing that the Palestinian Authority is seeking to introduce and provide such services to citizens.
"We are moving forward towards achieving our goal of maintaining the highest level of safety and security for all of our citizens," said Dweikat. On the issue of the lack of security in Palestine he replied, "It's a bad phenomenon fueled by the occupation, of actors working from behind the scenes to undermine the national project and erode the sovereignty and prestige of the national authority." He said that Israel is working to block the movement made by the Authority, through the policies and efforts of President Abu Mazen, to gain international recognition of the Palestinian State in the General Assembly of the United Nations. Dweikat assured the delegation that the group will achieve its goals and that no retreat will be made on the issue of security and order.
Aker stressed that Telecom Group will operate in all Palestinian communities, including contributing to the support of citizens and enhance their steadfastness against occupation. He said "The opening of the center is particularly important because it provides medical services for more than twenty thousand people living in marginalized areas along the apartheid wall who are being denied the most basic of rights." He added that "we will not give up on these sites as a part of our social responsibility to work to support the citizens in these areas who are our people."
Aker continued, saying that "This health project was threatened with closure in light of the suffering of the people of the village and the villages nearby who live in marginalized areas along the Apartheid Wall of the expansion and annexation. This is a part of our social responsibility towards the community," he added, referring to health projects carried out by the communications group in the private sector.
For his part, the President of the village council, Mohammed Hussein Ali, said "We welcome you all on the land of this village, steadfast on the wall of the apartheid a small number of inhabitants and the big hearts of its people. We are honored by your presence and all of us celebrate the opening of this medical institution, which will serve the village of Rumana and surrounding villages, which will include many children, women, and elderly patients.
"The continuing work of this new health center and of the UNRWA will provide free treatment to up to twenty thousand people. We have strived to provide a health center in this villages for decades. This would not be possible without the Palestinian Telecommunication Group, who did not hesitate to help us so. In order to serve this country and ease the pain of Rumana, they donated the amount of $40,000. Without this generous donation we would be unable to accomplish this project."