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Gazan children to be screened for long-term effects of white phosphorus smoke


The Union of Health Care Committees (UHCC) in Gaza and in cooperation with the Campaign for the Children of Palestine (CCP) will begin a program offering medical check-ups and screening for 1,000 children in the Strip. The children, 300 from the Afaluna Society for Deaf Children and 700 associated with the Culture and Free Thought Association in Gaza will be screened with particular attention to the long-term effects of the use of white phosphorus weapons by Israel during its war against the Gaza Strip...

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Gazan children to be screened for long-term effects of white phosphorus smoke

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April 11, 2009

Gaza - Ma’an - The Union of Health Care Committees (UHCC) in Gaza and in cooperation with the Campaign for the Children of Palestine (CCP) will begin a program offering medical check-ups and screening for 1,000 children in the Strip.

The children, 300 from the Afaluna Society for Deaf Children and 700 associated with the Culture and Free Thought Association in Gaza will be screened with particular attention to the long-term effects of the use of white phosphorus weapons by Israel during its war against the Gaza Strip.

Children requiring follow-up treatment and medications will be seen by both Japanese and Jordanian doctors, who are supporting the initiative.

The Japanese government are financially supporting the program, as well as sending experienced doctors into the region to assist in the medical treatment. The Jordanian field hospital operating in Gaza has also offered to assist in the follow-up treatment for urgent cases.

Head of the UHCC Board Dr Raed Sabbah said the checkups would go a long way to establishing whether and what long term complications the use of white phosphorus has on the population in Gaza. The after affects are unknown and many parents are concerned their children will suffer long term damage after inhaling the smoke from the illegal weapons.

The checkups will begin in the coming month.





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