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Morsi supporters concerned about healthcare

08-02-2013 14:16 BJT

By CCTV correspondent Adel EL Mahrouky

A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader has warned that using violence to break up the sit-in protests there will lead to more bloodshed. There are also concerns by protesters about the level of healthcare available. In Rabaa Square supporters of ousted President Morsi have been sitting in for more than a month. They say they trust the local field hospital more than the healthcare provided in government hospitals.

In this coffin lies the final victim from Saturday’s clashes. For five days he has been hospitalized here at Rabaa Square’s field hospital instead of a well-equipped facility. Words have been spreading among pro-Morsi protesters, mistrusting the safety of their victims in public hospitals.

Dr. Amal Ibrahim, Field Doctor, Rabaa Square, said, “We don’t send our patients to the nearest hospital. We tried that, the nearest one is a government hospital, but in death cases, the hospital requested the families to sign a report that said they committed suicide or an ordinary death cause, like low blood pressure. So we rejected that and brought them back to the local clinic here.”

Patients arrested, investigated with or deliberately left to die are some of the accusations, the health ministry described as rumors. Ahmed is one of those protesters who don’t trust public hospitals. He was shot at, sprained his ankle and fractured his leg during the clashes, but he still joins the protests.

Ahmed El Begawy, Rabaa Protester, said, "After my injury, I insisted more to continue I will not leave the protests except in one of two matters, either our demands are met, or I become a martyr. This is why we are here, to die for the glory of our religion."

Dr. Amal Ibrahim, Field Doctor, Rabaa Square, said, "In average we receive 200 patients daily, who have been injured in previous massacres. They would be still sitting in, so they come for checkups and to clean their wounds. Beside a daily heat stroke."

There are only 30 beds in Rabaa field hospital. It is not equipped to perform major surgeries, yet most of the casualties were treated there.

Avoiding public hospitals even during emergencies reflects how much Morsi supporters’ mistrust the interim government. To the extent they’d rather die than getting advanced treatment in its hospitals.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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