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Hospital returns the body of a baby in a cardboard others withhold services to a Palestinian child


Palestinian protests continued against the death last December of the Palestinian child, Muhamad Wehbeh, at the hospital’s entrance (c.f: To this effect, shop owners in the Upper Street inside Ain Hilweh refugee camp in Saida staged a strike on December 19 called on by Hay al Tiri Committee in solidarity with the child’s parents. Similarly, the different Palestinian political parties and the popular committee asked Lebanese authorities to launch an investigation into the tragic incident to hold accountable any person found responsible. They also demanded the UNRWA to increase the hospitalization coverage and the number of hospital inpatient beds for emergency and chronic cases, as well as improve the quality of medical services provided to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Meanwhile, on December 21st, news surfaced on social media reporting that the family of the child who died in one of the Lebanese hospitals has received his body in a carton because they could not afford to keep it in the morgue. To inquire on the subject, Al Jadid TV station contacted the child’s father who denied all the news on social media networks, voicing his resentment over the inconsiderate publishing of the pictures of his dead girl. “The hospital’s treatment, which was at the expense of the MoPH, was good,” he said. The concerned hospital, in turn, explained that the inability of the parents of the dead child to pay for the coffin, forces similar institutions to do the same.”(Al Mustaqbal, December 20, 21, 24, 2018)

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