Lack of water, sanitation and PHC cause explosion of infectious disease in Gaza, threaten public health
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
August 02, 2014
The people of Gaza face enormous barriers to accessing primary health care, with only 10 of the government’s 56 Primary Health Care clinics operational, eight of UNRWA’s 22 clinics open, and most NGO clinics closed.
The majority of displaced persons have no access whatsoever to primary health care services.
This is at a time when there are urgent public health problems arising from the Israeli offensive threatening the health of the entire population. (more…)
Ministry of Health Gaza
July 23, 2014
Another massacre is underway in Khan Younis, where relentless Israeli shelling and sniper fire are wreaking death and destruction on all that moves in the zone east of Khan Younis city.
The villages of Khuza’a, Al Fukhari, Abasan Alkabir, Abasan Al Sa’ir, Jarara, and Bani Suhela received no warning of the attacks, and no warnings to evacuate before the bombardment began at around 11pm last night.
The intensity of Israeli shelling around the Algerian Hospital in Abasan Alkabir shattered its windows, and led to its evacuation, leaving only the emergency department operational.
Despite residents’ frantic calls to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for help in finding a safe route and safe vehicles to escape, the ICRC was unable to get a response from Israeli authorities until dawn today, when five bodies and 17 injured were retrieved and taken to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.
An unknown number of dead and injured remain behind, as ambulances are prevented access. Read more HERE
by Julie Webb-Pullman
Gaza’s hospitals are in crisis. No drugs, no disposables, no fuel to generate electricity. About the only thing they do have are staff and patients – and thanks to Israel’s current military offensive, there are plenty of the latter.
In the three days since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was launched, over 250 injured Palestinians have presented for emergency treatment to services lacking such fundamental basics as trolleys and emergency department beds.
Patients arrive in ambulances, vans, private cars, taxis – however they can get there – and are then carried, assisted, or struggle to walk into the emergency department for treatment.
So far 23 percent of them have been children and 18 percent women. These civilians were invariably in or near their homes when destruction rained down on them. Read more here
21 November 2012
Israeli war crimes now extend from civilians and journalists to the health sector.
At least three Gaza hospitals have been targeted in Israeli attacks, resulting in the Jordan Field Hospital in Gaza City being damaged beyond repair and rendered completely unusable, the Emergency Department of the European Gazan Hospital in Khan Younis being severely damaged, and the Beit Hanoun Hospital suffering damage to stairways and wards from two shells fired from tanks.
In addition, the Hijazi Clinic in Northern Gaza sustained damage.
Health workers have also been victims of the Israeli attacks – Hussam Abdijawad, an administration worker in Al Rimal Clinic was killed by a rocket while walking home from work. Dr Fadel Juda, the Medical Director of Al Awda Hospital who was walking with him, was injured.
A pharmacist and another four medical staff were also injured while performing their duties, including ambulance worker Wael Awda, Ziyad Almasri, Ramadan Al Housu, and Osama Al Hessi.
The targeting of hospitals, clinics, and medical workers are blatant war crimes, and must not go unpunished.
Yousef Al-Helou reports that the death toll has risen to 89, most of them being civilians including 21 children since November 14th, in addition to over 800 people injured, 98% of them are civilians.
Over 1200 Israeli air strikes have been carried out, many residential houses have been hit, hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties, and short of medial supplies.
Dr. Ashraf Al-Qedra, from Al-Shifa Hospital advised the following in a Press release:
“The latest death toll is 39 Deaths (5 are children under the age of 2 years) and 340 injuries, 80% of them are civilians.
Palestinian hospitals are now suffering from a lack of medicine and medical supplies.
Gazans are asked to donate blood, and to volunteer to help with nursing.
Israel is using chemical and perhaps biological weapons in Gaza, we saw shrapnel with toxic properties in the bodies of injured and dead children and there are strange smells in the air.”
Arabic press has reported that Sinai Hospitals are now in a state of high alert, to receive Gaza injuries.