Israel is to build one of the world’s most advanced children’s hospitals with technology for unique early genetic testing, detection, and treatment of rare diseases.
The new Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital will be built next to its existing children’s hospital, at the Sheba Medical Center, near Tel Aviv, which already treats tens of thousands of Israeli children.
It also treats hundreds of seriously ill children every year from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, many of whom suffer from rare genetic diseases.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, Sheba’s Director General, laid the cornerstone for the new hospital.
“The new futuristic Safra Children’s Hospital will feature so many new and unique divisions, unlike anything you have ever seen, from a new Children’s Burn Unit and an Eating Disorders Division, as well as a division dedicated to special treatments for youngsters with genetic diseases,” said Prof. Kreiss.
“More importantly, we are a hospital of peace and a beacon of hope not just for the children of Israel but also for the children of the region, including youngsters from the Palestinian Authority, the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco, whom we are already treating. This is the DNA of Sheba.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “The building of the new Safra Children’s Hospital is a huge accomplishment and is a big mitzvah (good deed) to help these youngsters.
“I’m sure you will do this with a great sense of pride and will be successful. I put a lot of faith in you to heal the children of Israel.”