Thursday, August 27, 2009

PPS appeals urgent medical treatment for two detainees

Thursday August 27, 2009 00:21 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) published a press release appealing the International Community and Human Rights Organizations to intervene, and to pressure Israeli into allowing two Palestinian to receive urgent medical treatment due to the severity of their conditions.

The PPS stated that Sa’id Omran, from Jenin, and Ahmad Ja’afra, from Al Sawahra near Jerusalem, needs urgent attention, and needs to be hospitalized without any delays.
The PPS sent a letter to the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, appealing him to help in ensuring that the detainees receive the needed medical attention.
Omran, imprisoned at the Ohali Kidar detention facility, was kidnapped by the army five years ago, and was sentenced to 23 years.
He suffers from mitral valve prolapsed, a valvular heart disease, since 1995. He used to receive medical treatment in Jordan until 1999, and when he came back to the country he received treatment at the Biblical hospital in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Al Araby Hospoital, and in several other hospitals.
But when he wanted to go back to continue his treatment in Jordan, the Israeli authorities barred him from travelling.
He was kidnapped in 2004; he was interrogated and later moved to the Al Affoula Israeli hospital, Israeli Physicians said he needs urgent surgery, but the Israeli Prisons Authority did not approve it.
Right now, he remains in a serious condition, and needs urgent treatment.
Detainee Ahmad Ja’afra, 42, was healthy before he was kidnapped in 2004. In August 2008, he suffered a heart attack and was moved to a hospital where he underwent a hearth cauterization procedure.
He was recently examined and was informed that he needs urgent surgery, but the prison doctor at the Ohali Kidar prison, said that he “has to wait for his turn”, and refused to give him a referral.
There are 12 detainees with heart conditions in Ohali Kidar Prison; the rooms are small and lack proper ventilation, an issue which is causing further deterioration in their condition.