Monthly Report: Health Access for Referral Patients from the Gaza Strip, February 2017
Ref: 2 (Published April 19, 2017)
Summary: February 2017
Difficult access through Erez crossing
40% of patients were denied/delayed permits: Of 2,391 patient applications for a permit to exit Gaza through Erez checkpoint for hospital appointments in February, 1,431 (59.85%) were approved; 74 patients (3.09%) were denied permits while 886 (37.06%) received no response including 192 children and 77 people over 60 years (WHO Case Studies, p. 4) (Palestinian District Liaison office in Gaza).
About half of patients’ companions were denied/ delayed permits: The approval rate for permit applications of patient companions was 50.4%; 4.5% of the companions were denied permits and the remaining 45.1% were still pending by the patients’ scheduled hospital dates.
Security interrogations for patients: 35 patients (25 males; 10 females) including 3 men over 60 were requested by the General Security Services for interviews at Erez during February. 6 were approved.
Limited access through Rafah
- Limited access to Egypt: According to Palestinian officials at Rafah terminal, the Rafah border terminal was open in both directions for 3 days only in February allowing 280 patients to travel for health reasons to Egypt.