When a patient at an Asq medical center in Ramallah suffers from acute bronchitis and needs to be admitted to the hospital, she is not only in need of medical care, she’s also in need for a place to stay, a condition known as “asq.”
“We have no beds,” the Asq physician, who asked not to be identified, told Al Jazeera.
“We have to find someone who is willing to stay with us.
We have to provide them with housing, food, a place where they can stay.
We don’t have any beds.”‘
It is a nightmare’: Palestinians’ lives are at risk of a return to the past in Palestine’Asq is a condition that has affected Palestinians in the occupied West Bank for decades.
The condition is triggered when an individual is exposed to the high COVID-19 infection rates among Palestinian Bedouins, as a result of the Israeli occupation and settlements.
As a result, Bedouin families in the West Bank often lose their homes, and many are forced to move out of their homes and into the open countryside.
For the most part, Asq is considered a disability, with most Bedouine communities being unable to afford the costs associated with the treatment, according to Asq’s director, who added that the condition is now on the rise in the Palestinian territories.
“It is very difficult to get beds.
They are not available,” said the director, adding that the number of Asq admissions at the Asqs medical center rose from 1,000 in 2011 to 8,000 this year.”
The hospital has about 30 beds in the building and they can’t keep up with the demand.
We are struggling to find accommodation for our patients.
There are people who are staying in the open, without any accommodation, and they have no idea how they are going to live in the future.”
In 2016, the Asqa medical center, which has about 5,000 beds, announced that it was closing its doors due to COVID, which it said was a result the Israeli government’s “anti-occupation policies and policies of the occupation, which target and humiliate Palestinian people.”‘
The Israeli government has a responsibility to bring the situation under control’: Dr. Saeb Salah, Asqa directorDr.
Saab Salah said the Israeli authorities had a responsibility, and the Bedouines themselves, to bring Asq under control.
“Israel has a right to protect its people from the [COVID-18] epidemic, and that is why we have to be proactive and make sure that the conditions of the community, which are under a complete blockade, are respected and are protected,” Salah told Al Arabiya.
“The Israeli authorities have a responsibility … to bring this epidemic under control.”
The Bedoui community is one of the most marginalized communities in the region, with more than 40 percent of its members living in refugee camps.
The Israeli occupation, along with Israeli policies towards the Palestinians, have led to severe discrimination against the community.
In 2017, as part of a UN-funded survey, Al Jazeera interviewed almost half a dozen Palestinians who were affected by Asq, all of whom said that they have been forced to leave their homes in order to avoid the high infection rates in the area.
“We are living under a constant siege,” said Abu Qatada, who said he had been forced out of his home in the northern West Bank village of Jabaliya, due to the conditions in the Asqq.
“I have been living in the same house for years, but now I can’t sleep at night, so I leave my house to avoid going to the toilet.”
According to a report published by UNDP last year, around 10,000 people in the Gaza Strip are affected by the condition.
Al Jazeera spoke to Dr. Salah who explained that he was unable to locate any suitable housing for his patients in the current situation.
“When the situation is that bad, we don’t know where to put them,” Salab said.
“They don’t come to us for treatment, we cannot offer them any kind of support, we can only help them to stay home.”
Dr. Salab also noted that the current Israeli government “is a party to this crisis, and it has a duty to bring it under control,” he added.
“They have not done anything in this situation, and yet it is happening, and this is a humanitarian crisis,” he concluded.