Phase II of Royal Medical Services Urology and Organ Transplant Centre opens
AMMAN (JT) — Her Majesty Queen Rania, on Wednesday, endorsed the plan of action of the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Association for Welfare of Military Personnel and Their Families.
During a meeting of the association's higher council, the Queen underlined the need to establish training and rehabilitation centres for active and retired military personnel to enable them to acquire skills allowing them to compete in the local and international labour markets. She also stressed the association's need to undertake various productive projects that will enhance its financial resources and services.
Queen Rania expressed her pride in members of the Armed Forces, noting that His Majesty King Abdullah's directives to offer every support to the military stemmed from their dedication to and sacrifices for the country.
The association seeks to support working and retired military personnel, their families and dependents by providing vocational training, counselling and guidance.
It will also allocate a monthly income for orphans and widows of deceased military personnel, as well as loans, social services and financial assistance to families of martyrs and deceased military officials, and aid in the organisation of fundraisers and income-generating projects.
The Queen called for a survey of active and retired military personnel and their families in order to lay down priorities, set up training centres and benefit from small businesses and income-generating projects.
Chaired by Queen Rania, the meeting included an overview of the association's mission and objectives, financial status and future plans and the appointment of an executive committee.
The association's higher council includes six military officers led by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff General Khalid Sarayreh, the assistant to the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff for Human Resources, as well as the directors of Army Officers' Affairs, Moral Guidance, Armed Forces Judiciary Affairs, and the assistant director of the Financial Department. Three civilians — Royal Court Secretary General Yousef Isawi, Huda Aqrabawi and Halimeh Hijazi — are also council members.
Also on Wednesday, the Queen opened the second phase of the Queen Rania Urology and Organ Transplant Centre at Al Hussein Medical Centre.
Accompanied by senior army officers, Queen Rania toured the facility and was briefed on the national registry of organ donation and transplant database which will be managed by the centre.
The Queen also dropped in on patients at the centre, which is a kidney surgery, urology and transplant specialised facility. The second phase of construction entailed adding 70 hospital beds as well as operating theatres and equipment.
In June last year, a Royal Decree was issued conferring upon Queen Rania the honorary rank of colonel in the Jordan Armed Forces.
In an official letter, the King underlined appreciation for Queen Rania's efforts in supporting the families of Jordanian military personnel and entrusted her to head the Higher Council of the newly-established Queen Rania Al Abdullah Association for Welfare of Military Personnel and Their Families.
Thursday, June 9, 2005