Health Ministry: Gaza health situation has been spiraling since early June

[ 19/07/2011 - 10:10 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– The Gaza Health Ministry’s public relations director Dr. Ashraf al-Qudra warned that the health sector in the Gaza Strip is spiraling downward as the ”unprecedented medicine crisis” has continued since early June.

Qudra said that 163 medicines and 160 medical consumables have gone completely out of stock, ”which means impairment of many of the daily health services in the hospitals and primary care centers in the Gaza Strip”.

He warned that the health situation in Gaza could completely collapse within the next three months as fifty more medicines and seventy more consumables are at risk of running out.

”[The situation] requires swift movement to end the causes of the crisis and that positions are not limited to temporary reactions that do not fulfill the need of the sick whom are the ones who have been harmed by the crisis for five years because of the [Israeli] siege,” Qudra said.

The Gaza official called on the health ministry in Ramallah to give Gaza its fair share of 40 percent of the funds provided by the World Bank.

He also called on human rights groups and health organizations to pressure Israel into lifting its siege on the Gaza Strip and allowing the entry of humanitarian aid convoys.

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