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#Ahwazna – Suffering of patients with acute diseases in Ahwazi regions

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 Horrendous tsunami of kidney failure in Al-Ahwaz is ignored by Iranian occupying authorities.

Ahwazi patients with acute illnesses such as thalassemia and renal failure are suffering from the absence of necessary treatment and lack of specialized medical centers.

Reports received from South of Ahwaz indicated that in Bushehr region alone, the number of people with kidney failure is more than three thousand cases.

There are also fears that the number of patients infected with diseases mentioned above increase. As a result, this causes grave concerns as Bushehr is prone to numerous pollution factors because of the spread of the oil and petrochemical companies.

There are also Studies that confirmed the petrochemical complexes contaminated the Water Rivers of the Bushehr that is used for drinking either in urban and rural areas.

Recently the quality of water, as it is filled with detrimental toxins and chemical waste, exacerbated severely impacting the health of people and caused a surge in Kidney failure among the local population.

The patients with kidney failure especially those who are in the advanced stages remained in double anguish because of the absence of specialized health centers in this region, as they need to undergo kidney dialysis process continuously.

 The available dialysis devices have limited capacity and only meet the needs of 500 patients infected with renal failure. Thus, many of those individuals who are in need for urgent treatments particularly Kidney transplant and dialysis process have no options just to go to Persian regions such as Shiraz and Isfahan. The worst is they have to pay exorbitant costs for private hospitals.

In addition, those poor patients who could not afford the cost of their treatment have been left in agony walking slowly toward death after this deliberate neglect by the Iranian occupation authorities.

  The lack of medical facilities, unsympathetic doctors, and medical staffs, inadequate medical treatment have further aggravated the plight of people.

It is said the expense of medical care for the poor and deprived Arab families in remote and rural areas is   prohibitive, very difficult and even impossible to pay.

 According to Ahwaz’s medical experts that in the recent years, the percentage of renal failure has drastically been increased among Ahwazi Arab residents, yet the proportion of people diagnosed with kidney failure is expected to be tripled.

The medical experts stated that the percentage of patients with kidney failure has seen a sudden surge.

 This situation signifies an imminent catastrophic health in the Ahwazi region. The medical reports indicate that around 1449 patients diagnosed with kidney failure who are currently undergoing dialysis treatment have been registered in Ahwaz’s medical centers.

In this case, Ahwaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences has released a report speaks about a possible rise in the ratio of people with kidney diseases to three times in the next five years.

One of the specialist doctors, who have contributed in preparation of this report, pointed out that each month nearly 70 people who are complaining from early stage of kidney diseases are visiting the medical and clinic centers and most of them eventually develop kidney failure.

The report demonstrates that 6 to 7 percent of one thousand Ahwazi Arab citizens who have been participated in the medical research confirmed having symptoms of kidney diseases.

It is said that Ahwaz’s contaminated water is one the major reasons caused the Ahwazi Arab people who are deprived of having access to clean drinking water for years to develop various kinds of kidney diseases.

The lack of cadres and well-experienced specialists doctors, ill-equipped hospitals, and lack of equipment to detect kidney diseases particularly dialysis equipment to treat and stop progressing of the early symptoms of kidney diseases have exacerbated the situation.  As a consequence, it led to death of many of the Ahwazi patients so far.

The dean of the Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences stated that there is only 270 dialysis equipment in Ahwaz city, and these numbers are insufficient.

He added that 1563 patients with kidney failure have undergone renal transplantation.

He expressed his grave concern that those patients would probably develop side effects after transplantation which exposes their lives at risk of death as a result of lack of medicine and the absences of experienced and expert doctors in the Ahwaz city.

These figures show only part of the scale of the fatal phenomenon that kills the Ahwazi Arab people. However, the Iranian government not only did not take any step ahead to address it but also intends to escalate it by diverting Karoon’s water from its main course and pumping it to central Persian regions as the Ahwaz region suffer from severe water scarcity and air pollution which claimed the lives of thousands of Ahwazi Arabs.

 Ahwazi Arab people for decades live in impoverished and appalling health, social and economic conditions.

They are wondering where the huge money received by the occupying Iranian state, through the work of dozens of companies in the areas of gas refining and petrochemicals on Ahwazi territories, is going.

It became quite apparent to all Ahwazi they targeted intentionally.   In fact, the ultimate aim of all these atrocious practices is to impose systematic and holistic pressure that force them to migrate from their areas and to leave it for the Persian settlers.

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