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PA to send medicines to Gaza

Jan. 5, 2014 9:29 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 5, 2014 10:18 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health is set to send medicines and medical equipment to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the minister of health said.

Jawad Awwad told Ma'an that the shipment would include all kinds of medicines and equipment available in the West Bank.

The shipment costs around six million shekels, he added.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006 that has severely limited many kinds of imports.

Separately, Awwad said that the ministry would begin legal procedures against public hospital doctors who have not complied with a decision banning them from working in private clinics.

The decision was announced on November 18 and came into effect at the beginning of 2014. According to the decision, doctors employed by the ministry of health have to devote all of their time and effort to the hospitals they work, and are not allowed to have their own private clinics.

The minister did not give details about the nature of legal procedures to be taken against doctors who breach the decision.

The new law banning doctors from working in private clinics has been subject to protest by doctors. On Dec. 22, doctors in a number of West Bank hospitals staged a temporary strike against the move.
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