President Bashar al-Assad and Mrs. Asma al-Assad paid a visit on Thursday to the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital in Sao Paulo, founded by the Syrian-Lebanese Community, and considered one of the most important hospitals in Latin America.
President al-Assad was briefed by the hospital director, Dr. Riad Younis, on the hospital departments, modern technologies and means of treatment, and on the surgical operations carried on in the field of heart surgery, cancer treatment, and liver transplantation.
Dr. Younis expressed, on behalf of the hospital administration, willingness to cooperate, exchange expertise, and grant training scholarships to Syrian doctors as to be a real bridge of communication between Syria and Brazil.
President al-Assad toured the hospital departments and was acquainted with modern technology used in treatment, research and surgical operations. President al-Assad expressed pride over this advanced medical establishment, built by the Syrian and Lebanese Communities.
President al-Assad, at the conclusion of the visit, awarded Dr. Ivite Rizqallah, the chairperson of the Hospital Council of Administration, Syria's Order of Merit of the Excellent Class, in recognition of the medical accomplishments achieved by the hospital and its human role.
Dr. Rizqallah described the visit of President al-Assad to the hospital as 'contribution to the bolstering of the relations between Syria and the hospital, and of communication between members of the Syrian Community abroad and their homeland, Syria.''
The hospital director, in a statement to SANA, described the visit of President al-Assad as a 'big source of pride' ' in bolstering of medical cooperation between Syria and Brazil''.
The Syrian-Lebanese Hospital in Sao Paulo was founded in 1921 by the Syrian-Lebanese Women Association.
The Hospital Sirio-Libanes (Syrian-Lebanese Hospital) is one of the most important hospitals in Brazil and Latin America, the 54,000-square-meter facility employs 2,500 people, including the most qualified physicians in 60 areas of specialization, 277 beds, two surgical wards, two intensive care units, and capacity for fifty operations per day.