Healthcare services in Gaza to collapse soon due to Israeli siege

In addition to the severe lack of medicines and medical equipment, Israel and the PA put restrictions on medical transfers for patients in need for treatment abroad After 11 years of strict Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip and intentional procrastination of Palestinian Authority (PA) to take up its responsibilities in Gaza, healthcare services to collapse in days. Shelves of the Palestinians ministry of health in the Gaza Strip are almost empty as hundreds of medicines ran out months ago. “The Israeli occupation put strict conditions on the passage of medicines, the medical equipment and medical disposals,” Spokesman of the … Continue reading Healthcare services in Gaza to collapse soon due to Israeli siege

Gaza: 47 percent of basic medicines in hospitals are out of stock

Director of Gaza hospitals Abdul-Latif al-Hajj has warned that the health situation in Gaza is going to deteriorate further due to depleting medical supplies and the failure to pay for cleaning and catering services in hospitals. In press remarks to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC), Hajj stated that the warehouses of the health ministry hospitals in Gaza are 47 percent short of basic medicines, describing the scarcities in medicinal supplies as burdensome for doctors and families of patients. He also held the Ramallah-based government responsible for the failure of the health ministry in Gaza to pay its contractors who employ … Continue reading Gaza: 47 percent of basic medicines in hospitals are out of stock

Cancer-stricken Gazan dies after Israel denies him medical referral

A 63-year-old Palestinian was pronounced dead in the blockaded Gaza Strip after the Israeli occupation authorities prevented him from receiving life-saving treatment at hospitals in Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 (Israel). Abdul Fatah al-Sabakhi, from Gaza’s al-Nuseirat camp, succumbed to his cancer disease. Sometime earlier, Sabakhi, a former UNRWA employee, reached a hospital in Palestinian territories occupied in 1948. However, the Israeli authorities barred him from continuing medical therapy, resulting in his death. Over recent weeks, al-Sabakahi’s health condition had sharply gone down, before he died on Tuesday morning. Al-Sabakhi is one among hundreds of Gazans who died in the … Continue reading Cancer-stricken Gazan dies after Israel denies him medical referral

Officials: Patients in Gaza hospitals left with no food

An injured Palestinian can be seen receiving medical care at the Al-Najar hospital in Gaza on 20 October, 2013 Companies which provide meals to patients in hospitals in the besieged Gaza Strip have stopped catering to medical centres because they have not been paid for months, a Ministry of Health spokesperson revealed yesterday. Speaking to Quds Press, Ashraf Al-Qidra said the government of national accord in occupied Ramallah had not settled the catering companies’ payments. “Hundreds of patients are now without food,” Al-Qidra said, adding that the Ministry of Finance had not responded to requests made weeks ago to settle the … Continue reading Officials: Patients in Gaza hospitals left with no food

Samah Jabr on being one of only 22 psychiatrists in the West Bank

  In her capacity as the head of mental health services in the West Bank, Jabr is trying to develop a model of services that corresponds with the resources available https://videopress.com/embed/oGxRsKPL?hd=1&loop=0&autoPlay=0&permalink=0 Samah Jabr is one of the first female psychiatrists in Palestine, and one of only 22 psychiatrists serving the occupied West Bank’s 2.5 million strong population. Born in Jerusalem, Jabr grew up as a resident with no citizenship rights. Throughout her life, she was exposed to life under military occupation, witnessing the impact of traumatic events such as imprisonment and home demolitions on the psychological wellbeing of Palestinians. “Growing … Continue reading Samah Jabr on being one of only 22 psychiatrists in the West Bank

Guest Writer: Healthcare in Gaza: Is there any hope left?

Dr Munir Ravalia Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, who have been under strict Israeli blockade for 11 years, are suffering of the severe lack of all basic needs with healthcare on top of them. The World Employment Conference in 1976 proposed that the satisfaction of basic human needs is the overriding objective of any national and international development policy. When one looks at such a policy, one thinks of a traditional list of immediate basic needs: food, water, shelter and clothing. One could easily add sanitation, education and healthcare. Abraham Maslow, in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human … Continue reading Guest Writer: Healthcare in Gaza: Is there any hope left?

Documenting deaths as Israel’s restrictions on Gaza patient travel continue

This week the World Health Organisation (WHO) released its latest data on the restriction of movement for Palestinians requiring medical treatment outside of Gaza. The report demonstrates a continuing negative trend, with almost half (46%) of patients applying to leave Gaza via the Erez Crossing in March 2017 being refused a permit by the Israeli authorities, or not receiving a response in time to attend their appointments. This is up from 40% delayed or denied in February. More than half (55%) of patients’ companions – family members accompanying patients to hospital – were also denied permits or received no response … Continue reading Documenting deaths as Israel’s restrictions on Gaza patient travel continue