Israel prevents Gaza mother from accompanying 3YO son to hospital

Loay al-Khodari

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The Shin Bet prevented the mother of a three year-old cancer patient in Gaza from accompanying him to Israeli hospitals for treatment, according to an Israeli media source.

Three year-old Loay al-Khodari was eventually accompanied by a foreign lady after an appeal was placed on Facebook, and the boy is now receiving treatment in hospital.

According to Haaretz, the Shin Bet security service has prevented Hanan, the boy’s mother, from escorting her son for a number of months because her family has been linked to Hamas.

Hanan had applied for an escort request for months, but the Shabak has responded by saying her request is “under examination.”

(Source / 16.08.2018)

PA Sends Needed Cancer Medication to Gaza

14 AUG
2:59 AM

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that medications were transported into the besieged Gaza Strip, on Monday, for the treatment of cancer.

The Palestinian Minister of Health, Jawad Awad, said that, upon instructions from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, medications were transported on Monday, to the warehouses of the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Awad added that it is a basic right and a necessity to send the necessary cancer and pain medications to treat all Palestinians in all northern and southern districts.

The ministry confirmed that the medications dispatched are enough for the next three months.

The ministry has been periodically sending shipments of various medications to its warehouses in Gaza, including last month’s shipment of medications for cancer patients, which in addition to the shipment sent on Monday amounts to about 6 million shekels ($1,612,644).

This decision came following reports from health officials in Gaza concerning major shortages of chemotherapy medications.

According to health officials in Gaza, some 700 cancer patients, including 200 children, who were being treated at the Abdel al-Aziz al-Rantisi Hospital in Gaza, did not receive chemotherapy due to a shortage in medications needed to administer it.

Director of the hospital, Muhammad Abu Silmiya, said that more than 45 of 60 chemotherapy drugs needed at the hospital, were already out of stock by Monday morning.

The al-Rantisi Hospital is one of two medical centers that provided chemotherapy in Gaza.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health stressed that it was never behind schedule on sending cancer medications to Gaza, suggesting that health officials in Gaza should have informed the ministry in advance and in official correspondence, concerning the shortage of medications, in order to provide it in time, not to endanger the life of cancer patients.

The ministry added that it is working hard to provide all health services to the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip, noting that it continuously provides all hospital necessities, such as medicines and medical supplies, in order to maintain the health system and keep it from collapsing.

(Source / 14.08.2018)

MoH: 8,260 patients at risk after cancer treatment runs out in Gaza

There are 460 children who are cancer patients in the Gaza Strip

Some 8,260 in the besieged Gaza Strip are unable to access chemotherapy treatment after zdrugs needed ran out as a result of the siege, Palestinian health ministry revealed yesterday.

In a statement, ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said 80 per cent of cancer medicines are not available in the enclave which makes treatment impossible and puts patients’ lives at risk.

The ministry said that there are 6,100 cancer patients, including 460 children, who receive treatment at Al-Rantisi Hospital in Gaza City.

In addition, the ministry said, there are 1,700 cancer patients in the European Hospital in southern city of Khan Yunis.

Human rights groups have called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to end the punitive measures he has imposed on the Strip in particular those which have paralysed its health sector.

Gaza has endured an 11-year Israeli siege which has seen all its land and sea ports closed. The PA has exacerbated the situation by cutting salaries of civil servantsrefusing to pay Gaza’s electricity costs and providing insufficient medication for hospitals.

This comes a time when UNRWA is experiencing major cuts and has been reducing its workforce causing Palestinians in Gaza to become unemployed.

(Source / 13.08.2018)

MoH: Emergency cancer medicine will be sent today to the Gaza Strip

Cancer medicine

The Palestinian Ministry of Health  on Monday said that it had sent three months’ supply of cancer medicines to its warehouses in the Gaza Strip.

Officials indicated that they had received a letter from Gaza warehouses cautioning that there was a shortage of this drug only yesterday.

The Ministry of Health sends shipments of various medicines to its warehouses in the area periodically, and a shipment of drugs for cancer patients was dispatched last month,

The ministry said that it was not aware of the shortage of these drugs because of the lack of full control over the ministry in Gaza. It added that immediately after receiving a letter stating that there was a shortage in this category, they worked to provide the medication directly, on the instructions of President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah.

The ministry said the dispatch of cancer treatment to patients in the Gaza Strip had not been late, but stressed they had to be made aware of any depletion or near depletion of vital medicine, so that the lives of cancer patients were not endangered.

The ministry emphasized that the health and well-being of Palestinians was their primary concern, and that it is working to provide all services possible to people in the Gaza Strip.

Health officials pointed out that the ministry works to meet all the needs of hospitals and provides medicines and medical supplies, so that it can maintain the health system and keep it from collapsing.

(Source / 13.08.2018)

Health Ministry: “%80 Of Cancer Medications Depleted In Gaza Hospitals”

12 AUG
10:45 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry is Gaza has reported that %80 of cancer medications in the besieged coastal region have depleted, an issue that poses imminent threats to the lives of the patients.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, has reported that the Rantisi specialized hospital, which deals with cancer patients, has run out of the drug, Neupogen, which is essential for the immunity systems of the patients, adding that, starting on Sunday morning (August 12th), all treatments will be suspended.

Dr. al-Qedra added that the lives of hundreds of cancer patients in the Gaza Strip is at a real risk if the current drug crisis is not immediately resolved.

On his part, Dr. Talha Ba’lousha, the head of the Oncology Pharmacy Department at the Rantisi Pediatric Hospital, said all treatments for colon and intestine cancers have been suspended after the main drugs, XELOX, FOLFOX, have run out.

He warned that this poses very serious threats to the lives of cancer patients, who will have to wait for unknown periods until the medications are available, adding that many cancer patients are labeled by Israel as “security threats,” and are not allowed to enter the country for treatment.

“The patients’ conditions do not tolerate waiting until they get the needed medicine, especially since several patients are banned from leaving the Gaza Strip, therefore, they have no option but to wait to be treated in Gaza,” he said, “This poses serious risks to their lives, and causes more pain and grief to them, and their families. How long does this human tragedy and suffering of the patients, and their families have to continue! Who will tell them that the life-saving treatment is not available?”

(Source / 12.08.2018)

UN calls on Israel to urgently allow fuel to Gaza to avoid closure of hospitals

A Palestinian man receives medical care at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on 16 April 2017

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick yesterday called on the Israeli authorities to immediately allow the entry of UN-purchased emergency fuel into the Gaza Strip in order to avoid the closure of hospitals and raw sewage overflowing onto the streets.

“Restricting the entry of emergency fuel to Gaza is a dangerous practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in Gaza,” UN OCHA reported McGoldrick saying.

“The well-being of two million people, half of whom are children, is at stake,” he added.

It is unacceptable that Palestinians in Gaza are repeatedly deprived of the most basic elements of a dignified life.

UN OCHA said that health, water and sanitation partners indicate that at least 60,000 litres of emergency fuel should be delivered immediately to some 46 critical facilities across Gaza in order to ensure the basic functioning of the main hospitals and essential water and sanitation services for the coming four days.

The fuel, OCHA added, which is available and awaiting entry by the Israeli authorities, is needed to power back-up generators required as a result of Gaza’s chronic energy crisis.

At around 40 out of 132 water and sanitation facilities, OCHA went on, fuel stocks are currently enough for only 1-2 days. Some 1.2 million Palestinians are at imminent risk of possible sewage overflow around the 41 main sewage pumping stations in the Strip.

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Hospitals and other critical health services are reducing operations, with five hospitals facing possible closure in the coming three days, if emergency fuel is not allowed in.

According to OCHA, at highest risk, currently, are over 2,000 patients in Gaza’s hospitals, who rely on electrical devices. Medical services for over 1.6 million other Palestinians may suffer from the lack of emergency fuel at the 54 main health facilities.

Compounding the situation, funding for emergency fuel will run out for all critical facilities in mid- August, with $4.5 million required to ensure that a minimum level of essential services can continue to run through the end of the year.

“Gaza desperately needs longer-term solutions so we can move past this cycle of repeated or worsening crises, including that Palestinian authorities prioritise provision of fuel for essential services,” said McGoldrick.

“Until that happens, Israel must reverse the recent restrictions, including on the entry of emergency fuel, and donors must step in and fund emergency fuel, in order to avoid a disease outbreak or other major public health concern,” he concluded.

2 million people are deprived of electricity, vital medical care, and clean water in #Gaza


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(Source / 09.08.2018)

Gaza: Health services may stop due to fuel crisis

Health services Gaza

The Palestinian ministry of health has warned that the health facilities in the besieged Gaza Strip may stop to provide services for patients soon due to the current fuel crisis.

“There are no reassurances from the competent authorities that the fuel crisis, which threatens the health facilities, will be resolved, and this means that all the health services in the Gaza Strip are at imminent risk,” spokesman for the health ministry Ashraf al-Qudra stated on Monday.

The health ministry in Gaza had warned last week that several health facilities would face closure after fuel supplies used to operate emergency generators started to run out.

The fuel crisis in Gaza has been escalating since August 1st when Israeli war minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered a halt to the entry of fuel shipments to Gaza.

In addition, the refusal of the Ramallah-based health ministry to support the health facilities in Gaza have made them unable to afford their operating expenses.

(Source / 07.08.2018)

Israel Rejects Travel for Hundreds of Gaza Patients in 2018

04 AUG
8:19 PM

At least 769 Palestinian patients have been denied exit from the blockaded Gaza Strip by Israeli authorities, since January, Israeli media reported this week.

The applicants included Palestinians who sought medical treatment for diseases such as cancer.

Israeli authorities cited first-degree relations between the applicants and Hamas members, for denying them exit from the seaside enclave.

Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has groaned under a crippling Israeli blockade that continues to deprive its inhabitants of many essential commodities, including food, fuel, medicine and building materials.

Israeli intelligence has reportedly been exploiting exit permits to blackmail Palestinians for security information, while many others are being detained at Israeli access points despite holding permits.

(Source / 05.08.2018)

Gaza patients appeal to the world to save their lives

First aid crews and patients lying on stretchers take part in a protest against the impairment of health due to Israel's over a decade long blockade in front of Beit Hanoun Border Gate in Gaza City, Gaza on 17 July, 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

First aid crews and patients lying on stretchers take part in a protest against the impairment of health due to Israel’s over a decade long blockade in front of Beit Hanoun Border Gate in Gaza City, Gaza on 17 July, 2018

Patients in Gaza’s hospital’s organised a sit-in in central Gaza City to appeal to the international community, Quds Press reported, Tuesday.

The sit-in included those wounded by Israel as well as rights groups. It took place in front of Erez Crossing where Gazans can pass through to receive treatment in Israel or Palestinian hospitals in West Bank.

Speakers at the sit-in said that Gaza’s hospitals suffer from shortages in medicines, lab equipment and testing materials due to the Palestinian Authority (PA) sanctions and the Israel’s siege of the strip.

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The patients called for the international community to save their lives by lifting the siege and sanctions.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, called for an, “immediate and unconditional end of the suffering of the Gaza patients.”

Al-Qidra said that the Israel had killed 141 Palestinians and wounded 16,000 others during the protests of the Great March of Return. This put a heavy burden on the ministry of health and consumed most of the medical supplies.

(Source / 18.07.2018)

Report: Palestinians in Israel ‘suffer more diseases’ than Jews

Palestinians perform afternoon prayer in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound to stage a demonstration after Israeli authorities decided to remove metal detectors from Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 25 July, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians protest against Israeli security measures in Jerusalem on 25 July, 2017

Palestinian citizens of Israel “suffer more diseases” than Jewish citizens, “according to a health report published Tuesday at a parliament session”, reported Xinhua.

The report, put together by the Advancement of Arab Population’s Health organisation, “showed that the Jews enjoy a far better living condition than the Arabs in Israel, in terms of life expectancy, and the mortality rates of infants, diabetes, high blood pressure and traffic accidents”.

For example, while the average life expectancy in Israel is 82 years for Jews, amongst Palestinian citizens this figure falls to 79 years. “For women, the figures are 80.9 years among Arabs, compared with 84.5 years among Jewish women”, Xinhua added.

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The infant mortality rate, meanwhile, “stands at an average of 6.1 per 1,000 births among Arabs, compared with only 2.2 among Jews”, while “the mortality rate from diabetes is 32 per cent on average among Arabs, compared with only 14 per cent among Jews”.

Other statistics presented in the report include the fact that while “the mortality rate from high blood pressure is 22 per cent among Arab men and 23.4 per cent among Arab women”, this drops to “19 per cent among Jewish men and 18.7 per cent among Jewish women”.

(Source / 12.07.2018)