Palestinian patients evacuated to Israeli hospitals; vaccinations transferred into Gaza Strip

Date: 08/10/2009, 12:35 PM    

In light of the recent breakout of swine flu in the Gaza Strip, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and the Gaza District Coordination and Liaison Office (DCL) are working with the Palestinian Civil Committee in Gaza, to prevent further cases of swine flu.

The efforts include facilitating the entry of Palestinians into Israel territory for medical treatment. On Monday (Dec. 7), an ill Palestinian was examined in Israel diagnosed to have swine flu. In addition to that, four other Palestinians showing signs of the disease also crossed into Israel to receive treatment.

The Gaza DCL is in continuous contact with health officials from the Palestinian Civil Committee in Gaza, and thus receives up-to-date situation assessments regarding swine flu. Meetings are frequently held in accordance with reports from the Gaza Strip.

In addition to the evacuation of diseased Palestinians to Israeli hospitals, approximately 10,000 vaccinations against swine flu have already been transferred to the Gaza Strip via Israel, and COGAT remains prepared to receive further requests.

Since the start of 2009, approximately 8,000 Gazan patients and their families have entered Israel for medical reasons.

The commander of the Gaza DCL, Col. Moshe Levi, says: “The Gaza DCL is making great efforts on all levels and through all channels to assist the non-combatant Palestinian population from the Gaza Strip, with an emphasis on the field of health. This is part of our overall humanitarian effort vis-א-vis the Gaza Strip.”