Minister of Diaspora Affairs MK Omer Yankelevich tours Laniado
“The dedicated work of the medical staff is admirable. I hear about nurses returning to the ward in the middle of family vacations and the Corona Ward Management staying inside the ward for hours on end. There is no doubt that you are our warriors on the front lines. My fellow ministers and I are committed to doing everything we can to make sure that you can do your sacred work in peace and with as little hassle as possible."
The Minister heard a comprehensive review, from Prof. Shimoni of Laniado on the hospital's handling of Corona patients since the outbreak back in March.
“To date, we’ve treated over 500 patients which is in addition to the activity we have seen within the Emergency Respiratory Department." noted Prof. Shimoni.
Over 40% of the residents of Netanya are from the Diaspora, many of which have come to Israel from France to flee a recent increase in Anti-Semitism. Mr. Meir Mark, Vice President of Laniado shared the extensive work in medical research, raising resources and absorption of immigrants with the Minister
In addition, the various challenges of issues relating to the cohesion of Israeli society arose during the visit, especially at this time - "a time of war" as defined by the Minister.
"Beyond the importance of Laniado Hospital in treating half a million citizens, it has special importance for marginalized sections of society, and especially for the ultra-Orthodox population that is currently facing a difficult reality. The hospital was founded by the Rebbe of Sanz of blessed memory, and to this day provides professional and humane treatment to the ultra-Orthodox public while taking into account its unique lifestyle. When walking around the hospital hallways, you meet a diverse and beautiful mosaic of Israeli society. Jews, Arabs, ultra-Orthodox, secular, men and women work side by side here. This gives hope that an island of unity and brotherhood can be maintained in the State of Israel”, the minister concluded.