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Leukemia and Rheumatoid Patients in Gaza threatened to die
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Gaza, ALRAY - The lives of the Leukemia and Rheumatoid patients in the Gaza Strip are in real danger as they  have not received the necessary medications for more than 11 months, Palestinian right center reported.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) express its concern that these patients will suffer severe complications that may lead to death if they do not receive the necessary medications as soon as possible.

The center said on a press release on Monday that the suffering of Leukemia patients, which is a serious cancerous disease that affects blood cells, started in December 2012, as the Glivec 400 mg tab has completely ran out from the Blood Department Pharmacy at Shifa Hospital. As a result, the patients have not been able to take their medicine so far.

It should be noted that this medicine can be obtained only through the Ministry of Health in Ramallah and cannot be bought from medical stores or pharmacies in the Gaza Strip because it is not available there.

PCHR has followed up the health conditions of Rheumatoid patients in the Gaza Strip who have been suffering due to the lack of their medicine for over 2 years. According to the Ministry of Health and doctors, over 80 patients suffering from Rheumatoid do not receive the necessary medicine – Enebrel 25 mg – because it is not available.

PCHR calls upon President Mahmoud Abbas to immediately intervene in order to save these patients by instructing the Ministry of Health in Ramallah to provide their required medications promptly and regularly.