Gazan toddler dies after failure to get medical referral from PA

Yara Bakhit died no medical materials

The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza on Thursday announced the death of a girl child following failed attempts to obtain a medical referral from the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah for her treatment in a hospital outside the besieged enclave.

A spokesman for the ministry said that three-year-old Yara Bakhit was suffering from a medical problem in the heart.

He said the child was a victim of the PA’s recent decision to deprive Gaza patients of medical referrals, noting that this measure already led to the death of 15 patients since the start of 2017.

A few days ago, the health ministry in Gaza warned that more citizens with serious medical problems could die after the PA decided to stop giving medical referrals for patients from the impoverished and beleaguered territory.

(Source / 14.07.2017)

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