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Kidney patients struggling to receive treatment in conflict-stricken Gaza

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Patients with nephrotic syndrome or kidney diseases in Gaza are struggling to receive treatment as the only hemodialysis center in the southern part of the Palestinian enclave has been running over its capacity.

The Abu Youssef al-Najjar Hospital in the city of Rafah hosts the only hemodialysis center in southern Gaza.

Due to prolonged conflict between Israel and Hamas and the influx of displaced patients, the hospital is operating way beyond its capacity.

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The hospital originally had 18 dialysis machines which could cater to the needs of 105 patients. With the influx of displaced people into Rafah, the number of patients requiring dialysis treatment has soared to about 600, overloading the dialysis machines.

“These machines work continuously 24 hours a day and seven days a week. They have kept running for more than a month and have broken down frequently,” said Nidal Tuman, a medical device engineer.

Due to the lack of parts, many of the medical facilities cannot be repaired, and there are only 10 working dialysis machines left. Patients have to reduce the frequency and duration of treatment.

“I arrived yesterday and waited 24 hours for my turn. I have been on dialysis for 15 years. Before the conflict, I received dialysis treatment three times a week and three to four hours each time. Now I receive the treatment twice a week and two hours each time,” said Nafez Baraka, a patient with kidney diseases.

“We have to admit such treatment is unhealthy and is not good for patients. But it is a desperate choice,” said Marwan al-Hams, president of the Abu Youssef al-Najjar Hospital.

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