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continue growing her family, and to maintain parity between sexes. “I also look for a job, to help my husband in housekeeping.”

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e receive a large number of cases daily that exceeds the clinic’s capacity. Nevertheless, we check up our patients and treat the most needy,” says Asma Abu Hassan, the clinic supervisor. “We serve tens of thousands of patients monthly; hundreds of patients daily come to our clinic for treatment. We serve the largest possible number of them.” The administrator puts the pressure on the clinic into context. “The clinic has a small medical team of four doctors in different specialties and seven nurses, in addition to a laboratory technician and a

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pharmacist,” she says. “So the clinic’s team works at the maximum capacity.” According to the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, an average of 4,500 babies are born every month in the Gaza Strip — translating to about 150 every day, or about one every ten minutes. Children in the Gaza Strip suffer from diseases and epidemics caused by environmental pollution, lack of potable water, overpopulation and poor hygiene caused by frequent power outages and a lack of clean water. Dr. Rami Tarazi, a dermatologist at the Shajaia clinic, says about four out of five patients he treats at the present moment suffer from scabies, which spreads rapidly among patients in the densely populated area. “Scabies tends to transmit easily through direct physical contact. Moreover, lack of awareness among the population sometimes leads to disease transmission to the same persons more than once. Overpopulation impedes halting the disease’s spread.” He adds that official organizations tend to be negligent of these matters. ‘‘Today, for instance, I have treated 43 patients up to this moment; among them, 25 suffered from scabies.”

Dr. Tarazi says in areas such as Shajaia, many families keep livestock such as donkeys and horses in their houses, which increase bacterial, fungal and viral skin diseases among the population. The people of Gaza face a health crisis so broad and multifaceted, it can seem insurmountable. Still, Ms. Abu Hassan maintains a positive attitude, focusing on those immediately before her. “We are trying hard to serve people here and offer our best, in order to keep the family intact — physically and psychologically.” Hazem Balousha is a journalist based in Palestine. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HEALTH CARE IN GAZA, VISIT OUR BLOG, ONE-TO-ONE AT:

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