Syria’s Apostolic Nuncio thanked the Hungarian government for the financial support it has provided to the “Open Hospitals” humanitarian project in that country, the head of the prime minister’s press office said on Saturday.
In a letter sent to the Hungarian prime minister, Mario Zenari informed Viktor Orbán that in framework of the project three Catholic hospitals – two in Damascus and one in Aleppo – treat about 400 poor and ill patients free of charge on a weekly basis irrespective of their ethnic or religious affiliation, Bertalan Havasi said. There are many people living today in extreme poverty in Syria who are unable to afford basic health care, the nuncio said. Financial contributions to support hospitals in the country are indispensable since their operational costs have become very high, Zenari added. Endorsed by Pope Francis, the “Open Hospitals” project has become all the more necessary due to the fact that, according to WHO statistics, 54% of public hospitals and health centres in Syria are either completely closed or partially operating due to damage from the war, the nuncio said.
Earlier this month, Hungary’s foreign minister expressed the government’s continued commitment towards protecting and supporting Christian communities that face threat. Péter Szijjártó noted that the government had contributed 2 million dollars to the three Syrian hospitals’ medical expenses.