From Gaza, with Love

Monday, July 03, 2006

Facts and figures -impact of the current Israeli raids -health

Facts and figures about the impact of the current Israeli raids
against Gaza on Health



We in Gaza face great pressure on the basic services and humanitarian
situation. For those who need to be reminded, since the start of this
Intifada (Sept. 2000) Gaza’s economy has been severely affected by
the continuous Israeli atrocities: road blocks, borders closures,
destruction of agricultural areas, and home demolitions. The current
rate of unemployment is as high as 60% of the population. The vast
majority of Palestinian families are living on humanitarian aid and
an increasing number of families live under the poverty line, with
many living on just two dollar/family daily. Gaza is very small
place, smaller than a swing for a cat. It is just it is 360sq km with
1.5 million residents so we have a very high population density.



Since Israel withdraw from Gaza in september 2005, with the so-
called one sided disengagement plan, the only changes were no
checkpoints inside Gaza and the Rafah border crossing, which we use
for traveling to Egypt, was opened.

In January 2006, we had an election.the people majority elected a Hamas government
, since that date nearly 4 months ago, economical and political
sanctions were imposed on the Palestinian people as punishment for
their democratic choice. the choice was an outcome of the occupation
practices with the American government’s support ,and corruption of the
Palestinian government after the Oslo accord.

The four months of economic sanctions has increased the health problems and
we in the health field face a collapsing health system. We do not
have medications in our stores and had to prioritize the surgical
operations due to lack of medical supplies. The last thing we needed
is the power cut off and the complete sealing of the Gaza Strip
with the economical sanctions,poverty level increased
you all know, poverty has a direct effect on health, and when people
are hungry, they save their cash for food, which will consequently
affects their expenditures towards health.,this puts extra presure on the health system,already weak and ineed for larger resources to b erevived,

Here are some facts and figures about the effect of the power cut
off, the economic sanctions, and the Israeli operation in Gaza on
health:

1. 112,000 patients with chronic diseases who need routine
medications are not sure to get these medications at all and if they
do receive the correct medications, it might be expired due to lack
of regular electricity where it is stored in the refrigerators of the
medical facilities. Cancer patients, diabetic patients, and people
with heart disease are few examples of the many cases.

2. 22 hospitals are currently depending on alternative electric power
generators. Bear in mind that those generators need diesel fuel and
the hospitals donot , have enough diesel ,we depend on Israel
. We live under israeli occupation and
therefore must get all our basic needs via Israel.including fuel



3. 200 daily surgical operations will be postponed.

4. 250 renal dialysis patients’ lives are threatened because the
supply of dialysis solution is running low.

5. 30,000 children suffer from malnutrition. This number will
increase as diarrhea spreads. There is a limited supply of good clean
water and high rates of food contamination; diarrhea is expected to
rise by 15% as an outcome of lack of clean water and good hygiene
.
6. Premature babies on life support machines are awaiting death
sentences and the number of deaths for preterm deliveries will
increase as well.



7. Children are lacking proper sleep and proper recreation. They are
feeling insecure all the time and have to live with the non-stop
sonic booming and artillery shelling. A number of those children will
continue to suffer from different psychological problems or drawbacks.



(Source: Palestinian Statistics Bureau)




tonight ,the israeli army intend to make big incursion into beit hanoun village , north of Gaza,

the soldier has to be freed , so the palestinian political prisoners ,

13 Comments:

  • Dr. El-Farrah,

    I am so sorry for the hardships your people must endure. Whatever the politics and policies of either of our governments, I think we would find agreement in our mutual belief that common people like yourself don't deserve to be put in the middle.

    Israel has sent it's message -- it's not to be extorted. It should release the politicians it arrested this week. Your government should demonstrate its civility as well by releasing Gilad immediately. We both step back form the brink. We both act like adults.

    Peace requires civility and courage. Your government has an opportunity to send a message to Israel and the world that it has both...

    -Colin

    By Blogger Colin, at 7/03/2006 10:53 PM  

  • LOL sorry for the humor but 2 dollars a day, wow I know lots in Canada that live on less then that.

    I've used it, your living on $2. a day, for reforms in the reserves here, most haven't running water or electricity. I remember a few years back when we went up north to visit my wifes kokum in la Ronge sk. she lived at the edge of the rez and was the oldest alive at 100 she went out on the trap line and worked for her living. but because of her age the younger family stole off her plus the white trading post that handle her money she had nothing but she had more then most. tha fact that people would steal off her was proof.

    About the only thing different is we don't get shell by the army, Yet we have people here calling for removing all native rights and lands some want to kick us out of Canada lol

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

    By Anonymous neutralsam, at 7/03/2006 11:10 PM  

  • That is a mounting nightmare - and getting worse!
    Mona, please keep reporting ... let the world know what's going on in Gaza - the news do never give the REAL picture!
    STAY STRONG ... we're with you!!

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 7/03/2006 11:39 PM  

  • When will you two people learn to live with each other?

    The funny thing is you are more alike than you want to admit. Jews and Palestinians share a common DNA ancestor (perhaps Abraham?).

    Not to mention you all believe in the same 'God'.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/04/2006 7:36 AM  

  • Expect your situation to get even worse. You have pushed Israel too far and you DESERVE what you get. What were you thinking when you elected a government that openly called for the destruction of another nation?

    I have no sympathy for you whatsoever. I do, however, feel great pity for your children because they are living in an abusive situation within Islam, having parents who are murderous, bigoted thugs and who teach them hatred as well.

    Stop the crocodile tears and do something positive and constructive with your lives.

    By Anonymous Truthspeaker, at 7/04/2006 8:48 AM  

  • Don't worry mona even the largest unions are backing the BOYCOTT of all Israeli goods.

    They, Israel, should end all attacks and move back to the 1967 borders before my family and friends start buying Israeli mase products.

    Thats over 2 million union members refusing to have the products in the country so unloading will be difficult.

    They'll cave or suffer like South Africa did.

    Peace and happiness to you and yours.

    By Anonymous neutralsam, at 7/04/2006 10:05 AM  

  • Dear Dr Mona,

    I live in Edinburgh Scotland uk,
    of this i am no longer proud.
    most of us in this country never see the truth,as our government control the media,only online do we see the atrosity of what the jews are doing to your people.
    It sickens me to know that if i am outspoken on this, i shall be arrested and charged with racisim against the jew, This in a land where WE are supposed to have FREE SPEACH.I wish you every sucsess,and i hope the prisoners that are held by Isreial especially the children who have DONE NOTHING are released without delay. Anyway i thought that a war was meant to mean two armies fighting each other with equal means, not an army killing/MURDERING CHILDREN FOR THROWING STONES AT TANKS.
    Thankyou Mona for all you have done and will do, You are a true hero.
    LONG LIVE PALESTINE

    Love and best wishes, Mikey

    By Anonymous Mikey, at 7/04/2006 4:49 PM  

  • Dont listen to the ..truthspeaker...It is he that is an uneducated bigot...and a jew cocksucker...Mikey.

    By Anonymous mikey, at 7/04/2006 4:53 PM  

  • Good work Dr. Farrah.
    Keep it up

    By Blogger Osaid Rasheed, at 7/04/2006 7:49 PM  

  • Dear Dr. El-Farrah,

    The courage of the people of Palestine is truly amazing. I wanted you to know that some Americans are showing support for you.

    http://seattle.indymedia.org/
    This demo was held in Seattle last Friday and we are having another one on Friday.

    And here is another one in California:
    http://lefti.blogspot.com/

    If this is viewed after July 4th, people may have to scroll down to find the articles.

    Please know we are thinking of you all and hoping that some good will come of the fact that Switzerland has now come out against Israel's war criminal behavior.

    -Linda

    By Blogger LJansen, at 7/04/2006 10:02 PM  

  • http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/734605.html

    Dr. El-Farrah my prayers are with you and your family.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/05/2006 2:44 AM  

  • I see the figures, but where are the facts? Hmm?

    By Anonymous American Jewess, at 7/06/2006 2:08 PM  

  • i wish hamas would give the soldier back....i would even consider voting for a government that isn't terrorist...

    from Dr. Mona, with love

    By Anonymous mona, at 7/07/2006 2:27 AM  

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