Some 9,000 Cancer Patients in Gaza Waiting for Necessary Treatment: Health Ministry

16:11 - February 06, 2023
News ID: 3482373
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Thousands of cancer patients in the Gaza Strip are awaiting treatment, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

A cancer patient in Gaza


It called on the international community and human rights groups to increase efforts to enhance diagnostic and treatment services for the cancer patients in the blockaded coastal enclave.

"Around 9,000 cancer patients in Gaza are waiting for necessary treatment," Health Ministry official Abdul Latif Al-Hajj said in a press conference.

"Gaza's health system suffers from major gaps in health care for cancer patients, including early detection, diagnostic services, radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment," Al-Hajj said.

He appealed to the international community and human rights institutions "to assume their responsibilities and pressure Israel to allow the movement of patients to hospitals in Jerusalem al-Quds and the West Bank for treatment."

According to the ministry, the number of cancer deaths in Gaza rose 12.5 per cent in 2021, Anadolu reported.

The ministry blames the rise on the Israeli blockade which has left the enclave with a lack of radiotherapy and atomic scanning.

Many patients in Gaza mainly depend on hospitals in East Jerusalem al-Quds and the West Bank to receive treatment and perform operations that are not available in the Strip.


Source: Middle East Monitor

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