WHO confirms that improving the health situation in Gaza is “practically impossible”
The General Health Organization adopted this Sunday by consensus a motion calling for relief for the “catastrophic” health situation in Gaza. However, its director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, acknowledged that the improvement of conditions is “almost impossible.”
The emergency resolution was approved by the board of directors of the WHO without a vote, at the suggestion of Afghanistan, Qatar, Yemen and Morocco. The document calls for expediting the passage of medicines, medical supplies and medical personnel to Gaza, documenting violence against patients and health workers, and securing funds to rebuild hospitals. The United States, which vetoed a call for a ceasefire at the UN Security Council on Friday, did not oppose the resolution.
“I have to be honest with you: these tasks are almost impossible under the current conditions,” said Tedros, indicating that the medical system in the Palestinian enclave was at a third of its capacity before the war, and that the pressure is not only from those injured in the bombings but also because of the increased risk of infectious diseases.
“Rebuilding health facilities has become increasingly difficult and severely compromised by the security situation on the ground and insufficient supplies from outside Gaza,” said the WHO director general.
Palestinian Authority Health Minister Mai al-Kaila lamented the critical shortage of medicines. “The urgency of the situation cannot be overstated,” he said.
The motion was criticized by Israel, which is not a member of the WHO board, saying it places a disproportionate focus on Israel and does not address what it describes as Hamas’ military use of hospitals. “If this session achieves any goal, it is to encourage the actions of Hamas,” said Israeli Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar. (Reuters)