Urgent Gaza needs: transfer for 50 patients, humanitarian corridor to Al Naser Hospital
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
August 02, 2014
The Ministry of Health Gaza makes an urgent appeal to hospitals outside of Gaza to take 50 cases ready to be referred immediately. Gaza’s hospitals are overloaded, and just cannot cope with the huge number of casualties resulting from the latest continuous Israeli bombardment, this time in the Rafah governate.
More than 85 people have been killed in the last 24 hours in Rafah, and over 350 have been injured, many seriously. The entire Al Janina area of Rafah has been decimated.
Rafah’s Al Najjar Hospital, filled to its capacity of 108 beds, had to be evacuated yesterday, leaving only two small hospitals operational to cope with the Rafah population of 350,000 people, and the hundreds and hundreds of injured: the Kuwaiti Hospital with 20 beds, and the Emirati Maternity Hospital with 50 beds.
Rafah is still under attack, and the injured must now be transported to either the European Gaza Hospital, almost impossible as it is directly through the line of fire, or the Al Naser Hospital in Khan Younis, which is also dangerous to access. An ambulance taking patients from Rafah to Al Naser Hospital yesterday was attacked by Israeli military, killing the driver and his assistant, and one occupant.
Other casualties of the Israeli assault on Rafah are the 50-60 patients in the area with kidney failure – with the Al Najjar hospital closed, there are now no dialysis facilities. Twenty-four patients a day were receiving dialysis at Al Najjar, and they must now seek treatment elsewhere in Gaza – currently an impossibility.
The Ministry of Health Gaza calls for:
1) The immediate transfer of 50 patients in dire need of specialised treatment to hospitals outside of Gaza;
2) the immediate establishment of a humanitarian corridor from Rafah to Al Naser Hospital in Khan Younis, such that the injured and dialysis patients have safe access to essential medical treatment;
3) the return of Rafah’s Al Najjar Hospital to operational capacity as soon as possible, and
4) an immediate end to the Israeli slaughter in Rafah, and elsewhere in Gaza.