Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman and Deputy Education Minister Rabbi Meir Porush toured Beitar Illit Tuesday as guests of Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein, in order to get a firsthand look at the needs of the rapidly developing city.
The guests were welcomed by the mayor and his deputies, members of the Beitar municipality, and executives from Magen David Adom and other emergency services, as well as public figures.
Beitar is a rapidly growing city, both in regard to the number of residents, and with respect to the expansion of schools, public institutions and various municipal services.
As part of the tour, the Health Minister inaugurated the newly refurbished Magen David Adom facility, which includes a new mobile intensive care unit that was given to the city after Rabbi Litzman intervened. The minister noted the need to build a proper MDA facility in the city’s emergency complex which already houses the police and fire departments.
MDA director Eli Bin praised Rabbi Litzman and also noted that the minister was working on reforms to benefit the weaker economic sectors by reducing the charges for ambulance services. Additionally, instead of patients dealing with MDA directly regarding the charges, all the bureaucracy would be taken care of via the health funds.
Rabbi Litzman spoke and said that it was vital to unite all the different entities to advance the needs of the city.
The delegation also toured the emergency center in Beitar, which has recently begun constructing a Terem emergency services facility.
They then attended the opening ceremony of a new Leumit dental clinic, and visited the site where the Health Minister has pledged to build a new Tipat Chalav facility in the city’s Givah C, currently under construction.
The visit concluded with a meeting at the mayor’s office to discuss the city’s needs.