MALAYSIA: Medical delegation enters Gaza 12Aug10 August 13, 2010

Palestine Note -  12 August 2010

A team of 39 Malaysian doctors arrived in Cairo this week en route to the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip.=

Gazans needing medical treatment beyond that which the beleaguered coastal enclave is capable travel to Israel and Egypt for treatment. When Egypt opened the Rafah crossing following Israel’s attack on a flotilla of aid ships approaching Gaza’s shore May 31, Gazans flocked across the border.

The Malaysian delegation would visit Gazans in Cairo hospitals before moving on to Gaza proper. Team leader of the Malaysian delegation, Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, said the team would visit villages outside Gaza City.

The Star reported:

The doctors were given a warm welcome by its director Dr Yazid Hodhod and the hospital deputy secretary-general Tarek Arafat yesterday.

“Though it is a moderate hospital, it has 90 beds and provide treatment to between 40 and 50 patients daily,” said Tarek, the son of former PLO chief Yaser Arafat.

A member of the Malaysian mission, Dr Zikri Datuk Zainal Abidin said most of the patients suffered from general medical problems ranging from diabetes in senior citizens to normal fever in children.

The delegation spent an hour at the hospital and also presented toys and foodstuff to the young and adult patients.

The mission was in the final stage of preparation to depart from here yesterday morning for Rafah, which is the last of 18 check points, before entering Gaza.

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