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Czech Republic, Jordan see medical tourism as promising channel for cooperation

By Bahaa Al Deen Al Nawas - Oct 14,2019 - Last updated at Oct 14,2019

Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Jordan Josef Koutský speaks during the inauguration of the Czech Spa and Tourist Agencies Mission Business Forum on medical tourism on Monday (Photo courtesy of Czech embassy)

AMMAN — The ambassador of the Czech Republic to Jordan, Josef Koutský, on Monday highlighted the strong Amman-Prague relations, shedding light on his country’s contributions to the health sector. 

“Every year, several medical teams of different specialisations carry out hundreds of operations in Jordanian hospitals. More than 3,700 patients were operated on by Czech doctors from 2013 till now in Amman,” a Czech embassy statement quoted the ambassador as saying.

The envoy was speaking during the inauguration of the Czech Spa and Tourist Agencies Mission Business Forum on medical tourism.

“The Czech Republic has been supporting Jordan since the beginning of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2011 to overcome the difficulties which it has faced. Our successful governmental humanitarian programme MEDEVAC helps to improve quality of life for Jordanian citizens and Syrian refugee patients,” the ambassador said in his opening remarks, according to the statement. 

“The Czech Republic also helps Jordan by conducting different projects for the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps,” Koutský said, listing electric wiring, water pipeline works, building community centres and children’s playgrounds as examples of such projects. 

As for the economic field, the ambassador said that the trade turn-over between Jordan and the Czech Republic is expected to increase by approximately 30 per cent this year, compared to 2018, the statement said.  

The ambassador expressed hope that medical tourism will grow and serve both countries, and will be beneficial in the lives of their citizens.

Head of the Medical Tourism Department at the Ministry of Health Suleiman Ammarin and Jordan Europe Business Association President Jamal Badran highlighted the two countries’ similarities as medical destinations, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

They also voiced Jordan’s keen interest in boosting cooperation in the field to benefit the citizens of both countries. 

The event also included B2B discussions among Czech and Jordanian partners as well as a presentation by the Czech delegation members, according to the embassy. 

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