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Gaza Suffers Worst Medicine Shortage with Deficit at 52%

Gaza Suffers Worst Medicine Shortage with Deficit at 52%

Sunday, 26 May, 2019 - 09:15
A medical warehouse in Gaza. (Reuters)
Ramallah – Asharq Al-Awsat
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza Strip warned of the dangerous consequences on Gaza Strip patients due to a severe medicines shortage. The ministry said that the deficit in medicine and medical supplies exceeded 52 percent.

Director of Al-Shifa Hospital, the biggest public hospital in Gaza, Medhat Abbas said the facility has run out of several vital medicines and antibiotics.

Most of the medical items are unavailable in public and private pharmacies, he revealed, warning that the shortage threatens the lives of patients.

He called on all supporters of the health sector to intervene to save Gaza patients.

Health facilities in the coastal enclave had not received medicine shipments since the beginning of the year.

Earlier this year, the Health Ministry said 45 percent of the essential medicines had run out in Gaza.

The ministry had in early May sent a medicine convoy from Ramallah to Gaza.

Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila stated that Gaza is in the thoughts of every Palestinian, saying that the 15-truck convoy was dispatched at the orders of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.

The convoy included medicine to treat cancer, Haemophilia, diabetes and skin diseases. It included sedatives and antibiotics, dialysis treatment and material needed to perform various surgeries.

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