Health ministry: Gaza suffers anew a pharmaceutical crisis

[ PIC 08/01/2013 – 09:34 AM ]

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GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza warned that the pharmaceutical crisis came to the surface again due to an acute shortage of medicines and medical consumables.

In a report issued by its department of pharmacy, the numbers of medical supplies that ran out in the stores of the health ministry’s facilities until the end of 2012 were 160 types of medicines and 442 medical disposables.

According to the report, the shortage lies in the medical items used for surgical and intensive care purposes and in the units of dialysis and organ transplant.

The department of pharmacy also warned that the heart surgeries especially the cardiac catheterization almost came to a halt because of this crisis, noting that vital medicines needed by patients with blood problems also started to run out.

The crisis has affected noticeably and seriously the health of mothers, fetuses and children, it added.

In another context, the health ministry said that four patients infected with the H1N1 flu, including two women, were treated after receiving medical care in Gaza hospitals.

Director of the primary care department at the health ministry Fouad Issawi stated on Monday that the ministry routinely conducted H1N1 tests for some patients who were suspected to have complications from the flue.

Issawi affirmed that the patients were discharged from the hospitals after receiving medical treatment, adding that there have been no deaths related to this virus in the Gaza Strip.

He stressed that the hospitals and medical centers in Gaza are fully prepared to deal with any H1N1 flue case.



Photography

Ministery declares state of emergency – Photography
Gaza Health Care in Crisis – January 2012 – Photography



Articles 55 and 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention clearly establish that Israel, as the occupying power, not only has a duty to ensure medical supplies reach hospitals in the OPT, but to ensure and maintain the services of the hospitals too. As High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions, other states not only have a moral duty but also a legal obligation to ensure Israel abides by its commitments to the protected population of the OPT.

UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, As a States Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Israel is obliged under Article 24 of the treaty to recognise the right of every child under its effective jurisdiction “to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his or her right of access to such health care services”.


Update as per June 3, 2012


  • June 14, 2012 | WHO: Gaza closure compromises right to health | Maan
  • May 29, 2012 | Fuel Crisis Impacts Water and Sanitation & Health Services in Gaza | Source
  • May 20, 2012 | “Long and Healthy Lives” of Babies in Danger as Vaccins are Depleted | Alert
  • May 18, 2012 | Lives of more than 400 kidney patients at risk in Gaza | Source

note occpal | June 3, 2012 | At this moment 204 types of medication and 218 types of medical consumables are depleted completely. 200 others are on their way to depletion. Including zero stock of Thalassamia and Cancer medications are not available.

The fuel crisis prevents normal operation of nurseries, ICU & heart units and the emergency generators will encounter problems to face normal surgery schedules. Due to blackouts of power, also sewerage, water pumps and all operating on power shuts down which poses extra health risks which is unacceptable.

The international community though, is not pressuring Israel though about it’s killing by proxy policies which causes 1.7 million people in Gaza now to be effectively in a state of emergency and severe deprivation.


More Resources or related information:


  • June 9, 2012 | Gaza health ministry cautions over 450 medical items running out | Petra Jordan News Agency
  • Over 173 Children died due 2 obstructed healthcare: Report Al-Mezan
  • Download the Full Report of Al-Mezan (PDF)
  • Palestinian deaths following infringement of right to medical treatment – B’ TselemReport
  • 35 babies died at Israeli checkpoints – Report
  • Israel Kills Dialysis in Gaza – 450 Patients Lives Are In DangerReport
  • Dialysis in Paralysis | Electronic IntifadaReport
  • Factsheet on Gazan Children’s Access to Medical Care – Al Mezan | 173 children diedReport
  • UK Diplomat wife dies after forced to renew Jerusalem permitReport
  • 2 Children & Lives of Dozens of Others Endangered Israel’s Infringement of Medical CareReport
  • Infant close 2 death as Israel denies medicationReport
  • Starve Them – Shoot Them – Then Give Them CancerReport
  • PUT PALESTINIANS ON A DIET – Media Bury documents revealing israel’s deliberate policy of near starvation for GazaReport
  • Israel to Supreme Court to prevent exposure of document containing minimal calorie requirements for Gaza – May1, 2011Report
  • Israel Restricts the Access of Gaza Patients to Urgent Medical Treatment if their Condition is Not Life-Threatening | In violation of Medical Ethics and International Law | Al Mezan | June 30, 2010Report
  • Children and Armed Conflict: Developments in the OPT | UN | April 13, 2010Report
  • Water apartheid leaves Palestinian children ill | Report



Medical care by asked/forced collaboration

  • Palestinians hoping to leave Gaza Strip asked to collaborate with Israel – PHR Isael – Dec 28, 2011Report



Torture, Healthcare or neglect of healthcare in Prisons

  • UFree: Israeli doctors conceal torture incidents in Israeli jails | UFree Report
  • Doctoring the Evidence Abandoning the Victim – Complicity of Israeli physicians in torture – PHRReport


Video

  • Gaza Siege devastates Health care – Jan 2, 2011video
  • Avoidable Death of Pregnant women & their Unborn at Israeli Checkpointsvideo
  • If you have no idea about avoidable mortality by Israel’s deliberate policies: Meet BABY FIRASvideo


SHOCKING REPORT ABOUT EFFECTS FOR HEALTH BY POLICIES & DISCRIMINATION OF MEDICAL CARE & ACCESS TO CARE:

  • Arab-Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Discrimination in Access to Health; Lower Health – PHR - Report


While in the horrible holocaust, 1 in 6, so 1 million people died of the Nazi but exactly similar deliberate deprivation, Israel is doing exactly the same to Palestinians. Research (see link below) showed the annual deathrate by violent & passive aggression is about 5000 deaths a year. Called Avoidable mortality or Excess Death.


The Palestinian Genocide – The fact which are being silenced | Research


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In pictures

Children of Palestine – in photos (Click to see the full album)


More pictures in the Gallery Images | الصور

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians and their children does the international community need to see in order to act?
How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed?
How long so the world intervenes in this ongoing warcrime and it will be stopped once and for all?

For the sake of children and ill people in Palestine, share this post as wide as you can and keep sharing it. Health is no choice for many, right to medical care is a Human Right. Infringement of such is a passive form of aggression which policies Israel deliberately deploys with the intention to ethnic cleanse.



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