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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
31 May 2017

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Published 31
st May 2017)

Health Access for Referral Patients from the Gaza Strip

Summary: April 2017

Difficult access through Gaza exits

3 patients die awaiting Israeli permits to access health care: a 5 year-old girl, 53 year-old woman and 59 year-old man (see page 5)

Woman accompanying patient arrested by Israeli security at Erez crossing: court session due 1st June (see page 6) Number of referrals for Gaza patients reaches lowest in seven months: 14% lower than the monthly average for 2016

More than 42% of patients denied/delayed permits: Of 1,980 patient applications for a permit to exit Gaza through Erez checkpoint for hospital appointments in April 2017: 1,142 (58%) were approved, 62 patients (3%) were denied, while 776 (39%) were delayed with no response by the time of hospital appointment. Among those delayed were 178 children aged 18 years or younger and 93 people aged 60 years or older (Palestinian Health Liaison and Coordination office in Gaza).

117 patients denied access by the de facto authority in late March and early April (see page 5)

53% of patient companions denied/delayed permits: The approval rate of permit applications for patient companions was 47%. 3% of companions were denied permits and the remaining 50% were still pending by the patients’ scheduled hospital appointment dates.

Security interrogations for patients: 37 patients (26 males; 11 females), including 5 men over 60, were requested for interview by the General Security Services at Erez during April. Two were approved permits, one denied and 34 were pending at the time of the patient’s appointment.

No access to Egypt: Rafah terminal only opened exceptionally to return the bodies of seven patients who died while attending for treatment in Egypt, and to allow the passage of their 13 companions.

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