Several Gaza hospitals to shutdown

Source: Days of Palestine

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A number of hospitals in Gaza Strip may be forced to close due to lack of funding and ongoing humanitarian crisis, official warned on Thursday.

Deputy Palestinian Minister of Health Dr Yousef abul-Rish said that the situation in the medical centres and hospitals has become “catastrophic”. He said the basic services are in danger of being stopped.

He blamed the national unity government saying it had “giving up its responsibilities towards the Gaza Strip, mainly the healthcare sector.”

“The ministry in Gaza is deprived of the running and administrative expenses needed to cover all its daily needs,” Abul-Rish said. “The problems are aggravating day after day,” he added.

The biggest problem, he said, is that the employees have not received salaries for the second consecutive year.

Abul-Rish condemned the “persistence of the government, based in Ramallah, to continue restricting the entrance of medicines and medical staff to the Strip,” warning that many basic medicines have already run out.