#GazaUnderAttack | PRESS RELEASE MOH | Explosion of Infectious Disease in Gaza Threatens Public Health

  Monday August 04, 2014 02:49 by IMEMC News – Gaza Ministry of Health

Official Press Release – Ministry of Health

Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency
Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency

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.

The destruction of the sole Gaza power plant leaves sewage pumps incapacitated. The lack of electricity combined with the destruction of at least 16 water wells has left 1.8 million people without access to water, according to the latest OCHA report.

It also reports that some 10,000 homes have been completely annihilated, and 450,000 people forcibly displaced, with 250,000 of them seeking shelter in UN facilities only able to cope with a fifth of that number, and another 30,000 in government schools and institutions.

The over-crowding and lack of adequate water and sanitation facilities has seen the incidence of viral meningitis skyrocket from five per day, to 53 cases today.

Diarrhoea and scabies are rampant in the overcrowded shelters, with clean drinking water all but impossible to obtain.

Hospitals are also coming under enormous pressure, with large numbers of displaced treating them as safe havens. This has created problems of electricity overload, garbage, high water consumption, and sanitation crises.

Decomposing bodies whose retrieval has been prevented by Israeli shelling and aerial attacks continue to pose a significant risk to public health. Although dozens have been retrieved during brief ceasefires, an unknown number, possibly in the hundreds, still remain in Shujeiyah, Beit Hanoun, Khuza’a, and Rafah and will significantly impact on the health of the population as displaced persons return to their neighbourhoods.

The Ministry of Health Gaza calls on national and international organisations to immediately address the looming public health crisis by:

1) restoring the electricity supply as a matter of urgency;
2) providing adequate water & sanitation facilities in shelters for displaced persons;
3) providing Hygiene Kits to displaced persons;
4) restoring the sewage pumping capacity as a matter of urgency;
5) providing access to potable water to all residents of Gaza;
6) restoring water wells as a matter of urgency;
7) providing longer-term shelters for the tens of thousands of displaced persons whose homes have been completely destroyed, until rebuilding is possible, and
8) restoring Gaza’s four evacuated hospitals, especially the Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital and Al Durrah Paediatric Hospital, to operational capacity as soon as possible.

Dr Yousef AbuAlrish, Deputy Minister of Health: +972 597 918 339
Dr Medhat Abbas, Director General, Ministry of Health: +972 599 403 547

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* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.

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Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians 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 to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.

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