IDF arranges medical treatment and transport of Palestinian patients

COGAT continues caring for Palestinian patients, providing ambulance transportation and a newly established department for patients in urgent conditions, operating 24/7

Date: 29/03/2012, 6:28 PM     Author: COGAT Website

Israel and the IDF (Zahal) coordinate for at least eight ambulances to treat and transport Palestinian patients every single day. The patients, many pregnant women, are taken for medical treatment at Israeli hospitals and other medical facilities outside the Judea and Samaria region.

Head of the Civil Administration Health Department, Mrs. Dalia Bassa, recently established a healthcare ‘situation room’ in order to provide assistance for Palestinian patients in urgent conditions available at all hours, especially during the night.

Requests for treatment at the new ‘situation room’ are received from Palestinian Authority hospitals, Jerusalem hospitals, and from COGAT’s various District Coordination Liaison headquarters. Most patients treated at the ‘situation room’ require relocation into hospitals outside Judea and Samaria, the majority of these patients are then taken for further medical care at either Israeli or Jordanian hospitals.

During the second half of 2011, COGAT arranged for nearly 2,000 ambulances to aid Palestinian patients, many coming from Palestinian hospitals. 199 of the ambulances were issued for pregnant women. Of the ambulances, 79 transported patients from the Gaza Strip to Judea and Samaria.

The Civil Administration Health Coordinator operates regularly at all times, and provides medical support to all PA patients, as well as assistance for the Palestinian Healthcare Department. “We continue to work all day, every day, so as to provide medical care for each person requiring our assistance in the region”, said Lt. Danny, an officer in the ‘situation room’.