The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza warned on Sunday of the consequences of the continued Israeli siege, which has resulted in a scarcity of medicine and treatment regimens for cancer patients.
"The lack of 60% of medicines and treatment procedures for cancer patients weakens the prospect of their recovery," Dr Mohammad Abu Nada, head of the oncology department at Al-Rantisi Hospital in Gaza, said at a news conference titled "rescue cancer patients.
"The Israeli embargo on Gaza, which is the cause of a lack of medicines and restricts the mobility of patients who need treatment in the West Bank, Jerusalem, or Israel, has resulted in the deaths of numerous cancer patients," he continued.
Dr Abu Nada stated that between 50 and 60 per cent of cancer patients in Gaza require urgent treatment outside the besieged enclave, including radiotherapy, chemotherapy and atomic scanning, which cannot occur in Gaza.
"Preventing patients from travelling for treatment outside the Gaza Strip causes death resulting from repercussions that could be avoided," he said.
Dr Abu Nada called the international community to pressure Israeli occupation to lift the restrictions imposed on the movement of patients from Gaza, to allow easy access to well-equipped hospitals in the West Bank and Israel.