Physicians from the US-based Anderson Cancer Institute held discussion, Sunday, with the minister of health, the establishment of a cancer treatment unit at Al-Ahli Arab Hospital, in Gaza.
The group proposed to establish a radiation oncology center at the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital, according to the Ministry, Al Ray reports:
The ministry issued, in February of 2013, a statement which confirmed that deaths resulting from cancer in Palestine amounted to 12.4%, compared to a rate of 10.8% in 2010.
Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights issued, in June of 2012, a statement indicated that 12.4% of the total deaths in the Gaza Strip were caused by cancer.
Dr. Mofeed Makhalalati expressed interest and full support of the project, saying that Gaza does not have any specialized cancer treatment facility, this leading the cancer patients to seek treatment outside, noting that some citizens are not allowed to travel abroad for medical care, due to the continued blockade on the Gaza Strip.
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Al-Ahli Arab Hospital was originally a medical work established in the late 1800s by the Church Missionary Society (CMS), and then developed into a hopital after the World War 2, according to Al Ray.