Child dies in Gaza after being denied treatment abroad

Yousuf al-Agha died

The child Yousuf al-Agha died of kidney failure on Wednesday evening after the Palestinian Authority (PA) refused to transfer him abroad for treatment.

Spokesman of the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qedra, said that Rantisi Hospital for Children, where Agha stays, had applied for a very urgent medical referral for Agha 17 days ago.

Thousands of medical cases in Gaza including children, premature babies and people with serious diseases are at the risk of death because the PA had decided to reduce the number of cases allowed to be transferred abroad for treatment.

The Ministry of Health as well as the national movement warned on Tuesday that new patients will die every 8 hours in light of the shortage of drugs and medical supplies and the PA’s refusal to issue medical referrals for patients.

Undersecretary of the Gaza Ministry of Health said that 11 patients have died since the beginning of 2017 and that more than 1,600 others were prevented from travelling abroad for treatment.

(Source / 29.06.2017)

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