World Cancer Day Raises Issue Of Treatment for Patients in Gaza
Patients often need to be referred for treatment outside the Gaza Strip in order to be able to receive medication; however, the Israeli restrictions on movement and access prevent many patients from travelling to Israel or the West Bank to receive medical treatment. Being unable to diagnose or treat cancer effectively, patients are at an unnecessary risk of dying.
Al Mezan for Human Rights feels the suffering and pain of cancer patients in the Gaza Strip particularly in their inability to access their right to health. Al Mezan asserts the importance of working together to enable cancer patients to realize their rights. Al Mezan calls for the:1. International community to uphold its moral and legal responsibility and to work immediately to ensure that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip can access their right to health;2. International community to immediately intervene to end Israeli collective punishment and to oblige Israel to uphold its legal responsibilities in ensuring access to healthcare and medical treatment for people in occupied Palestine; and3. End to the Palestinian internal political split and the separation of service areas from political conflicts to ensure better management of the health sector.