Galactosemic Gazan infants suffer from Israeli blockade
by Anadolu Agency
GAZAJul 13, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Anadolu Agency
Jul 13, 2015 12:00 am
It is reported that Gazan infants who have galactosemia, a genetic disorder, are facing a life-threatening situation as the special formula that they need cannot be found in Gaza, which is under Israeli blockade.
A statement released by the Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the formula, Galactomin, which is consumed by infants with galactosemia, has been used up. It said that there are 11 infants with the disorder in the region and added that they need 88 packages of infant formula every month. The statement also claimed that if this formula is not acquired, all the infants be in critical condition.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), General Director of Pharmaceutics Munir el-Bers said that drugstores in Gaza lack many medications. "One-third of the medications are out of stock. As we have not been able acquire Galactomin formula for the last three months, the lives of the infants with galactosemia are in danger. This situation may lead to serious problems," Bers said. Explaining that the formula is not produced in Gaza, but it is brought from Ramallah in the West Bank, he said: "A package of formula is sold for $130 in some private pharmacies. This means that it costs $1,000 for the infant's family every month."
Galactosemia is a genetic disorder related to carbohydrate metabolism. Consumption of lactose, including dairy products and breast milk, causes damage to the bodies of those who suffer from this disease. If those with galactosemia consume lactose or galactose certain organs such as the kidneys, liver and brain are damaged.