Friday, August 12, 2011

7000 Palestinians in Gaza at risk due to lack of medicine

PressTV - 7000 Palestinians in Gaza at risk due to lack of medicine:

Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:18AM
Ashraf Shannon, Press TV, Gaza

"Israel's tight restrictions on the movement of people and materials in and out of the Gaza Strip has led to constant shortages in surgical equipment, critical drugs and painkillers.

Cancer is the main cause of death in Gaza and yet its healthcare system cannot provide adequate treatment for it.

Currently there are seven thousand cancer patient in the blockaded seaside territory.

According to the Palestinian ministry of health radiotherapy and chemotherapy drugs are nowhere to be found.

As a result of the Israeli blockade, most cancer patients in Gaza have to be referred abroad for treatment, but this process can be costly and time-consuming putting patients lives at grave risk.

While the shortage has affected all departments in Gaza's hospitals, oncology is among the hardest hit.

We visited the home of 6 year old Mohammad Schabet who had brain cancer for two years now. A failed operation to remove his brain tumor last year has deteriorated his health.

His father and family have to tend to all of his needs.
Mohammad's health has deteriorated in past days due to lack of medicine.

Doctors say that most cancer patients reside in areas that were heavily bombed during Israel's onslaught at the turn of 2009.

A common denominator among cancer patients is that they lived in areas that were heavily bombed.

Health experts say they expect an increase in mortality rates among cancer patients in Gaza because they are not receiving adequate treatment.

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