WHO warns of serious humanitarian disaster in Gaza

[ PIC 30/10/2013 – 02:39 PM ]

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GAZA, (PIC)– The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of serious humanitarian crisis due to the drugs and medicine supplies’ shortage in Gaza Strip, calling on PA to provide the besieged strip with the necessary medicines.

In a workshop organized by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, WHO’s representative in Gaza Abdel Nasser Sobah stressed the WHO’s role to provide rheumatoid arthritis and blood cancer patients with the needed treatment, pointing out that any delay in drug supplies may lead to death.

The PA Ministry of Health is the responsible for providing the Gaza Strip with all medicines and medical equipment, however its financial crisis prevented it from meeting the strip’s medical needs, he added.

Riad Zanoun, former Health Minister of Health and Chairman of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, stated that the workshop was organized to discuss the health situation of rheumatoid arthritis and leukemia patients in the Gaza Strip.

He pointed out that the imposed Israeli siege since 2006 and the Palestinian political division resulted in drug shortage.

For his part, Ashraf Abu Mahadi, General Director of Pharmacy in the Ministry of Health, stated that the acute shortage of medical supplies in Gaza is due to the increased demand and high prices in addition to the continued Israeli aggression and siege in the Gaza Strip.

The Health Ministry in Gaza will provide 480 essential medications and 902 medical supplies in 2014, he said.

In turn, Khalil Shaheen, Director the Economic and Social Rights in the center, pointed to the increased suffering of rheumatoid arthritis and Leukemia patients in the Gaza Strip due to drugs shortage.

The participants in the workshop called for uniting all efforts in the health sector in order to provide rheumatoid arthritis and blood cancer patients with their necessary treatment.



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