ACTNews, GAZA – In late January, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) volunteers visited another school in Gaza to provide free healthcare for Gazan students. The free healthcare was provided for a week.
In mid-morning, the medical volunteers were getting ready to examine the students. The stethoscope, thermometer and other medical equipment were being prepared. Vitamins and medicines were put neatly on a table. Some of the children waited in line to be examined, others were playing in the playground.
“The free healthcare was given from Tuesday (1/22) to Saturday (1/26) last January. 400 children benefitted from the free healthcare,” reported Ani Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT.
Earlier that month, free healthcare and medicines were also provided for the residents of Al Sheja’iya, Khan Younis and Beit Lahia. The free healthcare program marks Indonesia’s commitment to help the people of Palestine in the winter.
“The free healthcare was given to children from poor families, orphans, and children with special needs. The parents and the children mostly suffered from coughs, flu and respiratory diseases,” explained Faradiba.
Health system in Gaza is currently in critical condition. The number of wounded patients that need medical attention increases as many were injured during Great March of Return protests each week. The condition worsens as fuel depletion threatens the electricity in Gazan hospitals.
A few weeks ago, Palestinian Ministry of Health’s Director of International Cooperation, Dr. Ashraf Abu Mhadi stated that many ambulances in Gaza are in terrible condition.
Apart from healthcare, ACT also distributed Humanity Cards, Winter Aid and prepared food from Indonesian Public Kitchen.