Plan to Establish Field Hospital in Western Ukraine Approved by Israeli Cabinet
Cabinet ministers on Monday, March 14, approved plans for an Israeli field hospital to be established in war-torn Ukraine in the coming days.
The hospital — under a project dubbed Shining Star — is slated to operate in western Ukraine for fleeing refugees for one month, a government statement said.
Budgeted at NIS 21 million, the funds are to come from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Health Ministry and Foreign Ministry, as well as the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
The facility will be operated by Sheba Medical Center, Clalit Health Services, and medical staff from other hospitals, according to the Health Ministry.
The hospital will include wards for children and adults, an emergency room, a delivery room, and a primary care clinic.
Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz clarified last week that the hospital will be managed and manned exclusively by civilians.
The project (Kochav Me’ir in Hebrew) is named after former prime minister Golda Meir, who was born in Ukraine and was the founder of the Foreign Ministry’s MASHAV aid program, which is leading the field hospital project.
Kyiv-born Meir has become a symbol of hope for Ukrainians amid Russia’s invasion. (TOI / VFI News)
“God, we ask that you protect Ukraine from further attacks and destruction.”
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