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Published: Wednesday August 20, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday August 20, 2014 MYT 7:19:53 AM

Bedridden toddler among 20 to be brought to Malaysia

CAIRO: The Malaysian humanitarian mission to Gaza will try to bring out 20 wounded children for treatment once all the necessary documentation to evacuate them is complete.

Kelab Putera 1Malaysia (KP1M) president Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, who is currently distributing much needed medical supplies to various parts of Gaza, said this in a video recording to the rest of the mission here.

Some of those to be brought out from Gaza are as young as two, such as Shuhaib Abu Sahab, who suffers from brain and nerve damage which has apparently rendered him bedridden.

Other doctors on the mission, led by Datuk Dr Mohamed Alwi Abd Rahman, are also to begin visiting hospitals in Cairo with Palestinian victims from the conflict to choose those for treatment in Malaysia.

However, for many of those taking part in the mission, it has been a huge disappointment to learn that only three members were allowed into Gaza under armed escort.

Some who had accompanied earlier missions to Gaza in 2010 and 2012 said the convoy of food and medical supplies had proceeded into the territory then without any trouble.

“We could just load a rented van or truck with the medical supplies we had brought and go straight to Rafah from Cairo, driving for eight hours,” said Dr Roni Yuzam, who is on his second mission.

He recalled that the tunnel crossings into Gaza were very new and risky then.

“The ground crossing was also uncertain because their opening hours are uncertain, maybe an hour or two today, then half a day the next.

“But we managed to get through,” he said.

For obstetrician-gynaecologist Dr Noorshida Brahim, the feeling is one of frustration at not being able to enter.

“At the same time, it is also successful because three representatives managed to get in.

“More positively, we get to visit the Egyptian hospitals here and this helps prepare us for future missions,” she said.

By examining the prevailing types of wounds inflicted on those receiving treatment in Cairo, future teams could focus on specific treatments and supplies to be brought here, she added.

“My intention in joining the mission was to use my speciality to help new mothers and their infants in Gaza, especially at this terrible time,” said Dr Noorshida, adding that she understood that there were about 400 deliveries a day.

“But most of the focus is going towards trauma treatment,” she said.

Tags / Keywords: Transport & Safety, gaza

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