Erciyes and Saudi tour the Turkish-funded hospital in Sidon. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Sidon officials hailed a long-awaited decision to open a trauma and emergency hospital specializing in burn victims next spring.Hisham Qaddoura, the head of the board of directors of Sidon's Public Hospital, praised the move, saying that his facility would provide the new hospital with expertise.We will transfer patients to it since it is the only hospital in the south that treats burn victims," Qaddoura told The Daily Star Thursday.For his part, Sidon's former Mayor Abdel-Rahman Bizri hailed the move as well, questioning reasons behind delaying the opening of the hospital for five years.The hospital lies at the northern entrance to Sidon.Save for the odd maintenance operation, the hospital has sat vacant ever since.The decision to open the hospital was announced by Sidon's Mayor Mohammad Saudi as he received Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon Cagatay Erciyes.
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