From Gaza, where he lives and fights tirelessly to succeed in breaking the implacable yoke of Israeli oppression, using the powerful weapons of education and writing, whether imbued with poetry or his deepest indignation , Ziad Medoukh, the director of the French department of Al-Aqsa University, alerts us to an appalling situation: that suffered by more than 1,200 of his fellow citizens.
In effect, 1,200 Palestinians, suffering kidney failure, are now in mortal danger due to the dire lack of medicines and medical supplies. Whose fault is it ? To the Israeli apartheid state and the blockade, illegal and ruthless, that it has inflicted for more than 15 years on the inhabitants of the largest open-air prison in the world.
Under a pen that is both worried and revolted, Ziad Medoukh is sounding the alarm: “ The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip confirmed on Sunday, June 4, 2023, that 1,200 kidney failure patients in the Gaza Strip, including 35 children, are facing real life danger due to the lack of medicines and medical supplies. Worse still, they are at high risk of being deprived of dialysis sessions and, consequently, of developing very serious health complications, which can prove fatal.
The blockade of rare inhumanity, imposed by the Israeli occupation forces, continues to tighten, preventing the entry of medical devices which the Palestinian enclave, more isolated than ever, has a vital need.
Very concerned, the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip has indicated that patients suffering from kidney failure are suffering from the shortage, organized by Israel, of dialysis filters and blood transfusion tubes. This shortage with dramatic consequences currently affects 6 dialysis centers in the Gaza Strip, which provide 14,000 dialysis sessions per month to patients.
As Ziad Medoukh points out, a large number of patients must undergo urgent examinations to establish diagnoses, as well as X-rays using mobile imaging devices. Devices that the Israeli apartheid state, in a refinement of cruelty, has held and blocked for more than 18 months.
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