Health authorities in Germany are hoping that their efforts to help Syrian refugees can eventually help integrate them into German society.
They are currently working to integrate people who are already living in Germany with refugees.
The hospital, which is being built in the city of Leipzig, is expected to be able to house about 1,000 patients at the end of 2019.
While the German government has pledged to accept up to 200,000 refugees in 2020, the hospital has said that its capacity could be boosted by up to 1,600 people per day.
“This is a good step towards a more efficient system of care for the refugees, but it is a little late to say that we should have our hospitals open to refugees,” said Dieter Zahl, head of the German Regional Hospital Association, during a meeting of the association’s board.
He added that he hoped the hospital would be able provide better care for refugees and people with disabilities.
The hospital is part of a network of facilities in Germany which includes a mental health hospital, an HIV clinic, a rehabilitation centre, a dental clinic, and an ambulance service.
Zahl said the German Health Ministry planned to open the hospital for refugee patients in 2021, but he was unsure when that would happen.
He also said he hoped that the facility could eventually house up to 600 people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the country has to be prepared for a massive influx of migrants and refugees, with more than 60,000 migrants arriving in Germany so far this year.More: