Gaza Diaries | Rima and Misk: How wide is the world If the crossing is not closed and the siege

Gaza _ Palestine News Network

A sector isolated from the world under the ongoing blockade, which exceeded its eleventh year. Closed crossings opened in accordance with political understandings usually imposed by the occupation.  "Exceptional circumstances" do not consider the humanitarian situation as such, the Egyptian authorities are pushing for the opening and closing of the Rafah crossing. Patients in Gaza are the most suffering group. Permits are granted by the Israeli authorities to allow certain cases to travel for treatment in hospitals in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and every time hope is interrupted, and their state of health continues to deteriorate.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is a slight increase in the number of permits issued by the Israeli occupation authorities for Palestinians seeking medical treatment outside the besieged sector 11 years ago, where the Israeli authorities approved only 58 per cent of the permit applications, and 42 per cent of Requests for permits for medical reasons during the current year, compared to 54% last year.

Diseases in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli blockade and the division of Palestinian factions have been reduced, have diversified the ability of the health sector to cope with or detect and diagnose some rare diseases, and thus to treat them, whether due to the weakness of human medical teams in some rare disciplines, or the lack of medicines Because of the division and the imposition of sanctions on the sector.

Rare diseases... And more rare permits

Musk El Baz

In an interview with the people of the Gaza Strip, they conveyed to us their apprehension about the lack of resourcefulness and their fears about the delay in the early detection of diseases such as cancer, as well as the lack of necessary equipment and medicines that are prohibited by the Israeli occupation, in addition to the limited number of specialized physicians and their inability of travel to keep up with scientific developments and modern research to combat cancerous oncology and other diseases, which disrupts them from acquiring new science, skills and experience, such as the case of the 7-year-old Musk al-Baz, suffers from a rare kidney disease, and has no treatment in the sector.

 The father of the child Misk, Muhammad al-Baz, said, "Musk has a disease in the blood that is what is popularly known in Gaza ' Hasawi al-Sawan ' (harsh gallstone consisting of salts that deposited in the blood and thus in the kidneys and in their advanced stages are only performed by surgery after the antibiotics are unable to cure the available at the Israeli shats  ".

"The last statement approved for the treatment of Musk in Israeli hospitals was in the month of April 2016, after which all requests for permits that we submitted were permanently rejected," he said, adding that "we tried a lot but to no avail, the condition of the musk is getting worse every day, and its treatment is not available in the sector ".

He continued with his local dialect:  "Najib Medicines from Germany (Captomere) and India (Potassium street) and we face it on our own account, there is no potential in Shifa hospital ".

"In the sector there are 15 cases diagnosed with similar cases, there are no medications to treat all these cases, and 5 months ago we sent many appeals to the President and the Minister of Health, and we did not receive any response," he said.

Musk like other children do not understand what is happening around her and why she prevents her treatment, and suffers silently, between the moment and the other to the outer urine bag, which he became accompanied wherever she went with utter amazement.

Cancer in Gaza... A beast coming from legends.

Just hearing the word "cancer" can attack the people of the sector, to paint in their claws a beast that wants to kidnap among them a loved one, and everyone who is infected with the disease is a "hero " Whether he triumphed or he could not defeat it, as it crossed the sector.

The lives of many families in Gaza have turned into hell after one of them was injured by a "malignant disease" that brings with him fear and anxiety from the loss of a dear or relative at any moment, so that the residents of the sector have become reluctant to mention the name  "Cancer" when they talk about the disease, and they call it several labels like;  "General disease "or " the malignant disease  "or" who is not called "and other designations; some even conceal that a member of his family has contracted the disease.

The disease suddenly infiltrates the body of the Gazans, bypassing the siege, changing the life of the patient and the life of his family without permission, and forcibly turning it into a real nightmare to repeat the scene: A patient travels with a state of dispersion and fatigue between the walls of the hospital and the rooms where he receives chemical sessions.

Sustained suffering and renewed victories: determination and patience the beginning of healing

Rima Sabah

Rima's morning story with cancer said:  "In 2012 and without introductions I was surprised and my parents that leukaemia ' leukemia ' had swept my body, so my father quickly introduced a medical referral to go for treatment at home hospitals (in reference to the 48 lands), and fortunately my permit was accepted and quickly transferred, so I treated At Al-Quds Hospital in Jerusalem for 4 months and recovered from the disease, and at the beginning of 2017, I made a permit to conduct the tests necessary to check on my health, and to make sure that the spread of the tumor completely ceased in my body, and my permit was accepted after great suffering, and I went to the hospital directly  ".

"Unfortunately, the result was surprising and contrary to expectations, the disease returned a very large percentage to spread in my body, and the doctors prevented me from getting out of the hospital, as my parents insisted on because of their fear of not letting me out of Gaza again, and this time, I went out with my sister Jumanah, My father and mother made several requests to obtain permits, but each time the occupation authorities rejected them, my parents were prevented from visiting us for five months, after which my mother's permit was accepted and my father was prevented from visiting me.  "

"When I saw that all the patients were ' with their parents and their companions because of the crossing, just because we were from Gaza, I felt so sad, and because of this feeling I sat in a dark room for a whole month and I didn't talk to anyone," she said in a sad voice.

"This is the worst period of my life, you miss your friends and people and you need them most, as much as I want to print their pictures wehtithm on the wall of the room in the hospital (...) I was so afraid that he was treated within the sector for lack of all possibilities, and I felt that death was close to me, at any moment I get tired I found a cure (...) and it unites it from the times after you came back to Jerusalem I was tired and they had to inject me with a strong pain dwelling to rest but in the hospital they didnt provide the home and sent me to Shifa hospital then they returned me to Rantisi hospital and in the end I kept my pain and didnt do anything and I still receive treatment

Incidence of cancer in the Gaza Strip according to regional rate

In Gaza, there is usually widespread debate and controversy about the increase in the proportions of cancer patients, both because of the repeated Israeli wars of aggression against Gaza and the use of the occupation by internationally proscribed weapons, which, according to the specialists, cause the spread of cancerous tumors, in the light of the inability of the Ministry of Health and Order To provide people with real information about cancer.

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Ashraf al-capacity, posted in "Twitter " The prevalence of cancer in the Gaza Strip is still at the regional rate, with an infection rate in the sector of 84 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and the total of cases being followed in hospitals is currently about 6000  Of which 300 are children, and 100 to 120 new cases are recorded monthly.


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