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The coordination in the health field in the Judea and Samaria region and in the Gaza Strip goes on and also increases

In 2012, the known trends in the coordination and liaison area in general and specifically in the health field have been maintained and even strengthened. COGAT is carrying out on a daily basis via the Civil Administration and the Gaza DCL hundreds of life saving medical coordination actions, in coordination with the Ministry of Health of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and also with the inh
Date: 23.01.13     Author: Menachem Adoni

The coordination activity, carried out in the office of the Health Coordinator at the Judea and Samaria Civil Administration, with the Ministry of Health of the Palestinian Authority, the hospitals both in the Judea and Samaria Region and in Israel, different health organizations and individual inhabitants referring to the office for assistance assistance, goes on. Each year, Mrs. Dalia Bessa and her team approve tens of thousands of permits for patients and accompanists from the Judea and Samaria Region in order to enable them to be treated in Hospitals in Israel: In the year of 2008, 144,838 Palestinians went to Israel for medical treatments, and in 2009 there had been a 20% increase, with 172,863 entries of Palestinians into Israel. A year later, in 2010, there has been an increase of 3%, i.e. 175,151 entries of Palestinians into Israel. In the year of 2011, there had been an increase of 13% - 197,713 entries of Palestinians, and last year, 2012, there had been a 6.5% increase, i.e. 210,469 Palestinians in need of medical treatment entered into Israel in order to be treated in Israeli hospitals.

Last year (2012), 3,400 Palestinian patients from the Judea and Samaria Region crossed into Israel for medical treatments in Palestinian and Israeli ambulances which took them to the various hospitals. Moreover, the Civil Administration financed life saving medical treatments for 20 Palestinian children (marrow transplants, kidney transplants, purchase of a pump for P.N.T., prenatal diagnosis, impaired intestine surgery and baby obstruction) and more medical treatments worth more than 1,500,000 NIS per year.

The "Augusta Victoria" Hospital in East Jerusalem, which is financed by the World Lutheran Federation, UNRWE, has established several mobile clinics which travel across the Judea and Samaria Region and provide patients with medical treatment. At the Augusta Victoria hospital there are 161 beds intended for special treatment of diabetes and breast cancer, but the hospital operates the mobile clinics as part of a continuous commitment to cope with those diseases among the Palestinian population, and in order to optimize the treatment and bring it to the patients and to the needy.

In view of the mobile clinics activity, the health coordinator at the Civil Administration, Mrs. Dalia Bessa, has taken care of issuing special movement permits for the clinics and their staffs, in order to optimize the access of the different communities in the Judea and Samaria Region to the medical treatment they need and bring it closer to them, to the best extent possible. "We assist the hospitals in Jerusalem as much as we can to operate the mobile clinics with the assistance of cancer, eye and diabetes specialists, in order to bring them to the inhabitants in need in all the villages situated far away from the cities", says Mrs. Dalia Bessa.

 A report published in 2012 by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals figures showing the coordination and liaison efforts invested by Israel and COGAT seeking to approve the entry of Palestinian patients from the Gaza Strip into Israel for medical treatments in Israeli hospitals. The key data presented in the report show that 91.5% of the applications which were filed, asking for medical treatment in Israel, were ultimately approved, 7.2% are pending security check and 1.3% of the applications were rejected, this indicating the attitude of the State of Israel to humanitarian and medical cases and the importance and urgency ascribed to such applications.

In 2012, 16,553 Palestinians entered Israel from the Gaza Strip, for the purpose of receiving medical treatment in hospitals situated both in Israel and in the Judea and Samaria Region. "Since the opening of the Rafah Crossing to traffic by Egypt,less people are seen leaving through the Erez Crossing, out of personal considerations of the Palestinian sick people and patients in the Gaza Strip", informs a Gaza DCL senior official.

"We will continue to help and assist the Palestinian population to the extent required, in the transportation of the Palestinian patients for medical treatment purposes in Israel, and also in holding workshops, as well as practical and theoretical daily seminars in Israel, in order to provide the Palestinian doctors better tools and also improve the health system in the Judea and Samaria Region and in the Gaza Strip", conclude COGAT officials.