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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
19 April 2017

Ref: 2
Published April 19, 2017)

Health Access for Referral Patients from the Gaza Strip

Summary: February 2017

Difficult access through Erez crossing

40% of patients were denied/delayed permits: Of 2,391 patient applications for a permit to exit Gaza through Erez checkpoint for hospital appointments in February, 46.95% were approved; 74 patients (3.09%) were denied permits while 886 (37.06%) received no response including 182 children and 77 people over 60 years (WHO Case Studies, p. 4) (Palestinian District Liaison office in Gaza).

About half of patients' companions were denied/delayed permits: The approval rate for permit applications of patient companions was 50.4%; about 4.5% of the companions were denied permits and the remaining 45.1% were still pending by patients’ hospital dates.

Security interrogations for patients: 35 patients (25 males, 10 females) including 3 men over 60 were requested by the General Security Services for interviews at Erez during February. 6 were approved.

Limited access through Rafah

Limited access to Egypt: According to Palestinian officials at Rafah terminal, the Rafah border terminal was open in both directions for 3 days only in February allowing 280 patients to travel for health reasons to Egypt.

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