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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
2 September 2017


UNRWA STATEMENT AT QALQILYA HOSPITAL

2 September 2017

UNRWA remains committed to providing quality primary health care to Palestine refugees as part of the Agency’s mandate. To that end, we offer services at our 42 health centers across the West Bank. In Qalqilia, we have a spacious, modern health center we inaugurated last year where we provide excellent primary health care to the 50,000 refugees who seek treatment with UNRWA.

The decision to suspend in-take of certain cases at our hospital in Qalqilia was made with the best interests of Palestine refugees in mind. In particular, ensuring high standard maternity and natal care is of paramount importance to UNRWA and we are committed to ensuring that such services are available to Palestine refugees in accordance with our mandate, including through referral systems.

The Agency is concerned that some women in labor are waiting before presenting themselves for medical care in order to access emergency admissions at Qalqilia hospital. UNRWA strongly recommends against this practice and implores maternity patients to seek medical care through the referral system that UNRWA has introduced at alternative hospitals, immediately upon the first signs of labor or in respect of any other maternity related issues. Patients will receive better maternity care through maternity units at other hospitals and will put themselves and their babies less at risk.

Not to do so may cause serious risks to pregnant mothers and their babies including excess bleeding during the course of delivery and complications to the babies, including fetal distress that may put at risk the life of the mother and the baby.
Accessing emergencies should always be a last resort, particularly as emergency services will deal with a number of emergency cases.  The health staff at our health center in Qalqilia remain available to assist in this process and can provide a referral to an UNRWA contracted hospital that will provide excellent health care. 

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
Mobile:
+972 (0)54 240 2659
Office:
+972 (0)2 589 0267
c.gunness@unrwa.org

Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
Mobile:
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office:
+972 (0)2 589 0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org

https://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/official-statements/statement-services-qalqilya-hospital


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