KP1M humanitarian mission arrives in Gaza

December 09, 2012

GAZA, Dec 9 — After a 34-hour journey from Kuala Lumpur and passing through numerous security check points, the Malaysian humanitarian mission led the Kelab Putera 1 Malaysia (KP1M), finally has arrived at the Palestinian enclave of Gaza.

The 52-member team comprising volunteers, medical staff and media members arrived by bus at around 10pm local time yesterday (3.45am Sunday, Malaysian time) after brief stops in Cairo and Rafah, Egypt and joined by several other team members already on the ground.

On Sunday, the team will visit the sites affected by the recent deadly Israeli offensive on Gaza which killed over 100 Palestinians.

“This is a real ground zero mission, and the team members will be able to see and gather actual information from their own observation,” mission chief and KP1M president Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (picture) told reporters.

He said that the team would also visit two hospitals here and handover medical supplies as well as aid to the needy.

Before leaving Malaysia, Abdul Azeez had said that the mission aimed to help 40,000 Palestinian families in Gaza by providing food and blankets.

Meanwhile, head of the medical team, Datuk Dr Alwi Abdul Rahman, said they would open a health clinic besides supporting local doctors and paramedics, including conducting training sessions.

The sessions would cover areas such as CPR, post-traumatic stress disorder and treatment for injuries.

“We’ll also cooperate with the local children’s hospital and organise psycho-social activities like football matches and drawing competitions for local children here,” he said.

On the medical supplies brought by the mission this time, Dr Alwi said the items could serve up to 2,000 patients and last at least six months.

“It is likely that most of the patients suffer from post-traumatic and injuries as a result of the conflict. But, most importantly, we’re also here to offer them moral support,” he added. — Bernama