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Cruces Hospital will receive children from Gaza for medical treatment

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The hospitals in Cruces and Donostia will host children from Gaza diagnosed with cancer or suffering severe trauma due to the conflict in the region. This initiative is part of a group of 29 minors who will arrive in Spain to receive specialized medical assistance.

Coordination with the WHO and the Spanish Government

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, met at the La Moncloa Complex with Hans Kluge, regional director of the WHO for Europe, and the Minister of Health, Mónica García. The objective was to coordinate the reception and medical treatment of these Gazan minors. Spain thus responds to the call of the World Health Organization, a commitment that Sánchez assumed during his appearance before the Congress of Deputies on May 22.

Transfer and reception procedures

Spain will be responsible for welcoming and providing medical treatment to children between the ages of 1 and 18. The European Union Emergency Response Coordination Center, together with the National Emergency and Coordination Center (CENEM), has managed the request. The WHO will process the documentation of the patients and their companions, and will coordinate their transfer from the Turkish Hospital in Gaza to Cairo, and then to Spain.

The arrival to Spanish territory is being organized with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. The minors are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Everyone will be accompanied by at least one family member or responsible adult. The Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration will cover the costs of accommodation and maintenance of family members and patients.

Care in hospitals in Euskadi and other communities

Once in Spain, patients will be treated in hospitals in Cruces and Donostia, in the Basque Country; Albacete and Toledo, in Castilla-La Mancha, and at the Gómez Ulla Central Defense Hospital, in Madrid. The Ministry of Health will assume the costs of medical treatments. The Community of Castilla-La Mancha has confirmed that there will be a total of twelve minors treated in hospitals in Albacete (two) and Toledo (ten).

Spain's commitment to children

With this action, Spain is committed to offering these children safe treatment and providing them with what every child deserves, regardless of their place of birth: a healthy and hopeful childhood. As the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, pointed out, "give them what every child deserves, wherever they were born: a healthy and hopeful childhood."

This initiative is an example of solidarity and international cooperation, highlighting Spain's role in responding to humanitarian emergencies and its commitment to protecting the rights of children in conflict situations.

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