Israeli cabinet minister approved a plan earlier this week presented by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, to establish an Israeli field hospital in western Ukraine for those in need of medical attention.
Approximately NIS 21 million ($6.4 million) will be allocated towards the establishment and operation of this humanitarian aid plan financed by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Finance Ministry, the Health Ministry, and the Schusterman Family Foundation, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The Schusterman Family Foundation donates to national and social projects in Israel.
The foreign and health ministries will lead field operations alongside delegations from Sheba Medical Center, Clalit Health Services, and medical professionals from other hospitals in Israel.
The hospital is expected to provide treatment to around 100 patients each day. It will house an emergency room, in-patient wards for men, women, and children, a maternity ward, a medical lab, and an imaging department.
“Establishing a field hospital there, in Ukraine, is an initiative that not many countries are capable of taking on themselves,” said Prime Minister Bennett at the beginning of the cabinet meeting. “The State of Israel has this capability and we are getting underway. This is important and I am pleased that we – the Health Ministry and the Foreign Ministry, with the assistance of the Finance Ministry – are leading it.”