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05DJIBOUTI338 2005-04-07 14:28:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Djibouti
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CORNERSTONE LAID FOR SAUDI-FUNDED DIALYSIS CENTER

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					UNCLAS DJIBOUTI 000338 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR AF/E
STATE ALSO PASS USAID

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV SOCI SA DJ
SUBJECT: CORNERSTONE LAID FOR SAUDI-FUNDED DIALYSIS CENTER
IN DJIBOUTI




1. (U) Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Saudi
Ambassador to Djibouti Abdulaziz bin Mohamed Al-Eifan, and
Army Major Khatab Bin Eid Al-Otaibi of the Saudi Army's
Medical Corps, led ceremonies April 6 in Djibouti laying the
cornerstone for a future dialysis center donated by Prince
Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saudi, the Saudi Defense Minister.
Ambassador attended the ceremony along with Djibouti's
Minister of Health, Mohamed Kamil Ali, the Director General
of Peltier Hospital in Djibouti, Aden Mohamed Dileita, other
Ambassadors in country and members of international
organizations present here.



2. (U) The center, scheduled for completion in 2006, will be
built adjacent to Djibouti's Peltier Hospital at a cost of
USD 2,171,000 and is a "gift" to Djibouti from Prince Sultan.
Construction of the 2,600 square meter facility will be
coordinated by the Director General of Medical Services for
the Saudi Armed Forces in consultation with the Director
General of Peltier. It will be comprised of two dialysis
units --one for men and the other for women--with a capacity
of 16 beds. An additional four beds will be set aside for
specialized care. The facility also includes appropriate
waiting and processing rooms, a workshop for maintaining
medical material, a director's office, conference rooms,
water treatment and electrical facilities, and room for
storage of chemical materials.



3. (U) In remarks, Peltier Director General Aden Mohamed
described the ceremony to lay the corner stone as an
additional step in the achievement of Djibouti's hospital
plan which is constantly developing synergy with different
partners in order to attain the best care and the most modern
medical apparatus for the country. Prime Minister Dileita
said the installation would permit response to the needs of
patients suffering from renal dysfunction, who would
otherwise be obliged to travel abroad to obtain equivalent
medical services.



4. (U) Saudi Arabia is a key donor to Arab League member
Djibouti, especially in health and education, including
controversial madrassas. USAID has a USD 12 million
ESF-funded program in essential health assistance with
Djibouti, aimed at increasing access to health care in the
rural areas, immunizing children under five, and improving
the quality of local health service entities.
RAGSDALE