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“Slow death” faces cancer patients in Gaza

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Feb 05 2019

“Slow death” faces cancer patients in Gaza
“Slow death” faces cancer patients in Gaza
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About 8515 cancer patients in the Gaza Strip, faces a fate worse than death since they do not have adequate resources for medical treatment, Al Mezan center for human rights reported.     

On the World Cancer Day, the center published Monday a report about the conditions of cancer patients in Gaza Strip.    The report explained that 607 cases of cancer recorded among children, which constitutes 7% of the total number.  While the number of women cancer patients reached 4705, which constitutes 55.3% of the total number. 

The center warned of the psychological and physical suffering of patients in Gaza as a result of the weakness of the possibilities and the permanent shortage of equipment and diagnostic equipment, drugs and the inputs of operating medical equipment and therapeutic devices.   

The center stressed that the big challenge that faces cancer patients is the severe shortage in basic medications.   

The average rate of deficit in the drugs needed to treat cancer and blood diseases was 58% during 2018.  Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip and the restriction of movement of patients constitute a violation that threatens the lives of patients since it deprives them of access to treatment. 

38% of cancer patients in Gaza Strip could not leave Gaza to receive treatment abroad while 5% of patients were detained.     

PCHR documented the deaths of 45 cancer patients between 2016 and 2018 due to Israeli restrictions, especially at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip.

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