Kuwait Hospi­tal in Gaza helps pa­tients amid Is­raeli block­ade

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Over the past ten years the Kuwaiti hospi­tal in Rafah, south­ern Gaza Strip, healed wounds and soothed pain of many Pales­tini­ans, thanks to ef­forts by ded­i­cated staff serv­ing at mul­ti­ple de­part­ments, where the hospi­tal re­ceives thou­sands of cases per month, amid poor health con­di­tions in the en­clave due to the Is­raeli block­ade.

The Kuwaiti hospi­tal was the first de­fense line in Rafah, which ex­pe­ri­enced like the rest of Gaza cities and towns, three Is­raeli wars in five years. Dur­ing the wars, it ad­mit­ted hun­dreds of in­jured peo­ple, de­spite lim­ited re­sources and equip­ment.

The hospi­tal was es­tab­lished in March 2007 with sup­port by Al Rahma As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­lief and De­vel­op­ment-Pales­tine Branch. An­nual re­ports said that the hospi­tal re­ceives about 2,000 to 2,300 emer­gency cases and 100 births monthly, in ad­di­tion to con­duct­ing 130 to 140 surg­eries per month along with host­ing 1,200 to 2,000 pa­tients monthly for reg­u­lar checkup and nearly 1, 400 pa­tients at the den­tal clinic.

The hospi­tal op­er­ates 24 hours a day and pro­vides 24 beds and two am­bu­lances trans­port­ing emer­gency ser­vice free of charges to Pales­tinian cit­i­zens. It also of­fers low costs for med­i­cal treat­ment to Pales­tinian cit­i­zens due to the dif­fi­cult liv­ing con­di­tions, high lev­els of poverty and un­em­ploy­ment be­cause of the on­go­ing Is­raeli siege for more than ten years. And dur­ing a meet­ing with a num­ber of pa­tients, they ex­pressed their hap­pi­ness for pres­ence of the Kuwaiti hospi­tal in Rafah, in time where the town suf­fers from lack min­i­mum lev­els of health care.

Mean­while, Di­rec­tor General of the Kuwaiti hospi­tal, Dr Ab­dull­rah­man AlDa­houdi said de­spite what the hospi­tal of­fers to pa­tients of the Gaza Strip, it still suf­fers from lack of the ca­pa­bil­ity of re­ceiv­ing more pa­tients and needs an ad­di­tional build­ing along with more med­i­cal de­vices.

The hospi­tal is also suf­fer­ing from a short­age in the num­ber of beds and power out­ages, and needs main­te­nance for its de­part­ments, along with the monthly oper­a­tional re­quire­ments and the pay­ments of about 84 em­ploy­ees’ salaries. The Kuwaiti hospi­tal opened in March a so­lar energy project to al­le­vi­ate suf­fer­ing of pa­tients as a re­sult of fre­quent power out­ages.

The Kuwaiti hospi­tal in Gaza.

Medics op­er­at­ing on a Pales­tinian child at the Kuwaiti Hospi­tal in Gaza.

Medics treat­ing a Pales­tinian in­fant at the Kuwaiti Hospi­tal in Gaza.

Young pa­tients treated at the Kuwaiti hospi­tal in Gaza.

The Kuwaiti hospi­tal in Gaza has three am­bu­lances to trans­port pa­tients.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.