Indonesian Ambulance Serves Gaza Patients in Their Houses

The lockdown has prevented Gazans from going to health facilities freely. Even the Indonesian clinic in Gaza was unable to operate. In response to this situation, medical volunteers and Aksi Cepat Tanggap partners operate an Indonesian Ambulance to provide door-to-door services.

Medical volunteers from Aksi Cepat Tanggap in an ambulance at the end of August 2020. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA - Wearing protective clothing, masks, gloves, and headgear, doctors and medical volunteers at the Indonesian Clinic in Gaza served patients from one house to another, last Sunday (8/30). This step was taken to continue providing medical services to patients in need during the regional quarantine being carried out by the Gaza authorities.

That day, health services were provided to around 30 patients living in the internal refugee camps of Jabalia, Beit Lahia, Syiekh Raden, and Beit Hanon. Said Mukaffiy from the Global Humanity Response Team of Aksi Cepat Tanggap reported that that day there were 14 medical volunteers on duty. Indonesian ambulances are also operated to carry medical equipment, medicines and reach patients' residences.

"There were 21 male patients and 8 female patients who were served by medical volunteers during the action on Sunday (30/8). Most of them continued to treat the injuries from the attacks. Other patients consulted their diseases, including diabetes, kidney failure, hernias, and even cancer, ”said Said.

He further explained that in the current state of Gaza lockdown, the Indonesian Clinic could not operate. The authorities have only opened a number of main hospitals which are indeed referrals for Covid-19 patients.

"The ACT Medical Team at the Indonesian Clinic strives to continue to serve patients in strict compliance with health protocols. Patients and medical workers alike wear masks and wash their hands. The team also visited patients who had been recorded and who had to receive regular treatments, such as examination of scars, opening of bandages, or monthly consultations, "said Said.

Said also invited generous friends to accompany volunteer actions in Gaza in carrying out humanitarian actions, both medical services, food, and health-related services. "Generous friends can provide the best alms through the link of generous Indonesian donations or transfers through the BNI Syariah account 6600003314 in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap," he added.

According to WAFA Palestinian News Agency, as of September 2, 719 new cases have been confirmed in Palestine. Health Minister Mai al-Kaileh announced in a press statement, 233 cases were recorded in Hebron Governorate, 41  in Nablus, 50 in Bethlehem. Additionally,   40 cases were recorded in Qalqilia, 50 in Ramallah and al-Bireh, and 20 in Jericho and Jordan Valley, one in Salfit, 11 in Tulkarm, five in Tubas, 83 in Gaza, and 167 in the Jerusalem governorate. So far, 184 people have died. So far, the Covid-19 cases in Palestine has reached 31,333 cases. []