Monday, March 4, 2024

Doctors warn of a possible outbreak of deadly diseases in Gaza

Doctors and health workers working in Gaza are terrified by the diseases that began to appear in that territory and for how they “harm children, whose immune systems are severely weakened by lack of food,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported this Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters from southern Gaza, UNICEF spokesman James Elder quoted a doctor at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as explaining that health threats to children “come from the air and, this time, from the ground in the form of diarrhea and respiratory infections.”

As negotiations continue for the release of several hostages in exchange for an extension of the ceasefire, UNICEF expressed dismay at the large numbers of young people fighting for their lives, “with terrible war wounds, lying on makeshift mattresses in parking lots, in gardens, everywhere. “Doctors have to make terrible decisions and prioritize some over others.”

Elder recounted the case of a boy whose leg was torn off during the violence and who had to spend three or four days trying to reach southern Gaza, delayed at checkpoints. “The smell of decay was obvious, and that kid had shrapnel everywhere. “He is at high risk of going blind and has burns on 50% of his body.”

Surgeons Operating On A Patient At Al-Quds Hospital In Gaza.  (File Photo)

Serious health needs

In the same vein, the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that an evaluation carried out at the beginning of the ceasefire, on November 24, in the north of the besieged Palestinian territory showed that “every population in every corner has dire health needs.”

Its spokeswoman, Margaret Harris, explained at a press conference in Geneva that it was “because people are dying of hunger because it lacks drinking water and is overcrowded… “If someone is sick, if a child has diarrhea, if there is a respiratory infection, they will not receive any help.”

Meanwhile, on the fifth day of the cessation of hostilities, UN humanitarian workers joined the alert about the risk of a deadly disease outbreak and were urged to immediately increase the delivery of aid to counter this threat and save the lives of the injured.

A Large Part Of Gaza Was Destroyed.

© UNRWA/Mohammed Hinnawi

It is urgent to bring more fuel to the north

The UN agency reports that one of the most urgent needs is to bring fuel to northern Gaza for hospitals to operate so that there is water to drink, and to maintain other critical civil infrastructure.

The Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) noted that the delivery of aid supplies intensified in the south from Gaza, where most of the 1.7 million displaced people have taken refuge.

“Key service providers, including hospitals, water and sanitation facilities, and shelters, continue to receive fuel daily to power the generators,” said OCHA.

Basic services have been severely affected following weeks of Israeli bombardment following a Hamas attack in southern Israel, which left around 1,200 dead and took 240 hostages.

The health authorities in Gaza, for their part, confirmed that until now, Israeli attacks have killed 15,000 people, mostly women and children.

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