Annual summary data shows a 13% increase in the number of Palestinians treated in Israel in comparison to the previous year. “Every year more patients are sent to Israeli hospitals,” said Civil Administration Health Coordinator, Mrs. Dalia Bassa.
Additionally, during 2011, five organ transplants saved the lives of Palestinian patients treated in Israeli hospitals. Two of the organs were donated by Israelis. Two operations on pregnant Palestinian women were performed as well at the Hadassa Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem, saving their babies.
2,000 Palestinian doctors attended conferences and educational programs in Israel and abroad, acquiring professional training. Additionally, 118 Palestinian doctors worked for a year as interns in Israeli hospitals.
“We hope to train Palestinian doctors and improve Palestinian medicine, strengthening cooperation,” said Mrs. Bassa. “Health is a separate issue, Israeli and Palestinian doctors are friends, making medicine a bridge for peace.”
Civil Administration works to improve the Palestinian medical system. “We hope that the Palestinians will be able to treat their own patients. Treating Palestinian in Israel requires special documentation and burdens the patients’ families,” explained Mrs. Bassa. “It’s important to create a new generation of high-quality doctors that will open great hospitals.”
Posted on January 24, 2012
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