30 percent of child patients in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem are from Palestine


Palestinian official in Hadassah Hospital 
By: Shifra Unger

For the first time, Palestinian officials visited a Jerusalem hospital in order to witness first hand the numerous Palestinian child patients who are being treated at the hospital.

Among the officials was the Palestinian Health Minister, Hani Abdeen. The delegation visited Israel’s Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. 30 percent of child patients at Hadassah are from Palestine at this time.

Israel is also training 60 Palestinian doctors and medical specialists who will return to the Palestinian territories to carry out work. The hospital has a special program to train Palestinian doctors to treat cancer in children.

“Health Minister, Hani Abdeen visited the Israeli Hadassah Hospital,” a Palestinian official report said. This is the first visit by a Palestinian minister to one of the most important Israeli hospitals,” the report continued.

“Minister Abdeen was accompanied by a delegation consisting of senior officials of the ministry and of the Palestinian Authority,” the report also said.

“They met with the Director of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, Yuval Weiss. The minister also visited Palestinian patients who are being treated in the hospital, and distributed gifts,” the report continued.

The director of the hospital said: "We treat patients regardless of their nationality and religion. We treat Muslims, Christians, Jews, and other nationalities without bias, and 30 percent of child patients are Palestinian children.
We have started to cooperate with the Palestinians. Now, we are training teams of doctors at the hospital in Beit Jala, in the southern West Bank, to treat cancer in children. We have about 60 internal Palestinian doctors and medical specialists who will return to the Palestinian Authority to carry out their work."

The latest report is a welcomed change from the usual accusations that Israel is trying to deliberately injure Palestinians by intentionally spreading disease among young Palestinians.

“Hadassah is doing great work, this is what a hospital is all about, treat sick patients regardless of their religion or race. Hadassah deserves lots of praise,” Alan Ward, 50, of Brooklyn, New York told YourJewishNews.com after being asked to comment on the Palestinian report.

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