Tel Aviv Hospital Bars Africans From Visiting

By Haaretz

Published July 02, 2012.

The director of Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv announced Monday that entry to the hospital will be denied to African migrants, unless they are in need of medical attention or hospitalization.

Ichilov director Gabi Barbash issued the new instructions on Monday, in which migrant workers and refugees will only be granted access if they are in need of hospitalization or to be examined in the emergency room.

Also, Husbands of women in labor or parents of children that are hospitalized will be granted entry as long as they are wearing identification tags. Moreover, the hospital decided that all migrant workers and refugees entering the hospital, including those who are admitted for medical care, must get a chest X-ray in order to rule out the possibility that they are carrying tuberculosis.

Ichilov’s director also instructed to isolate migrants who are patients in the maternity ward in a separate space.

Children of migrants hospitalized in Dana Children’s Hospital in Ichilov Medical Center Tel Aviv will also be separated from Israeli children in a special ward, according to the instructions. According to Barbash, the hospital will consider the situation and “take extra steps in order to minimize the health risks to our patients and staff.”

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