Archive for the 'Health' Category

Report: 97% of water in Gaza not compatible with standards

Palestinian Information Center

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A Palestinian report showed that the individual portion of water in Gaza has declined from 91.3 liters daily in 2013 to 79.7 liters in 2014. Over 97% of water in the coastal enclave is not compatible with standards of the World Health Organization for drinking water, the report added.

The report which was prepared mutually by the Palestinian central statistics department and the Palestinian authority of water and issued on the World Day of Water on March 22, revealed that Gazan people receive the minimum level recommended by the same organization which is 100 liters per day for the individual.

Israeli forces control most sources of water in the area and prevent Palestinians from accessing those sources. Israeli practices as well prevent the establishment of sewage treatment stations, the report stated.

It was also pointed out in the report that Palestinians have to buy water from the Israeli water company, Mekorot. The purchased water reached to 63.5 million cubic meters in 2014 with a percentage of 18.5% of the available water.

Typhoid Outbreak in Yarmouk, more suspected cases

UNRWA
Press Release

A child waits outside the UNRWA health point in Yalda ©UNRWA, 2015

A child waits outside the UNRWA health point in Yalda ©UNRWA, 2015

UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness said on Wednesday that the vulnerability of civilians in Yarmouk remains of the highest severity, as new cases of typhoid are diagnosed.

“Our health teams in Syria are finding increasing evidence of a typhoid outbreak among civilians from Yarmouk, in Damascus. Today we saw 320 patients and among them were three suspected cases of typhoid. This brings the total figure of suspected cases to 90. That is 90 too many,” he said.

UNRWA conducted humanitarian operations in Yalda on 23 September, providing vital healthcare to civilians displaced from Yarmouk and host communities. Their report follows: Read more »

9 new suspected cases of Typhoid among Yarmouk civilians in Yalda

Situation Report – 1 September 2015

UNRWA conducted humanitarian operations in Yalda today, providing vital healthcare to civilians displaced from Yarmouk and host communities.

An UNRWA doctor examines a baby in Yalda ©UNRWA 2015

An UNRWA doctor examines a baby in Yalda ©UNRWA 2015

UNRWA medical personnel established a health point in Yalda, treating 330 patients over the course of the day. This included 9 suspected cases of typhoid and 1 case of scabies.

As high summer temperatures and regular interruptions in water and food supplies continue to affect Yarmouk, Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham, communicable illness remains a source of profound vulnerability for civilians.

Health services in these areas are extremely limited and lack the capacity to respond to major outbreaks and other serious health needs. For this reason, it is vital that UNRWA medical assistance continues on an indefinite basis and is expanded to include other humanitarian support.

UNRWA’s priority remains the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians within Yarmouk itself and reiterates its strong demand for respect and compliance with obligations to protect civilians and to establish secure conditions under which UNRWA can deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance.

The vulnerability of civilians in Yarmouk remains of the highest severity. UNRWA is deeply concerned that without access, the most basic humanitarian needs of Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including many children, continue to be left unmet. Today’s mission was conducted with the facilitation of the Syrian authorities.

Call for support

– As armed violence continues to threaten the lives and safety of Palestine refugees throughout Syria, UNRWA appeals for donors to increase their support to the UNRWA Syria Crisis Appeal, which has received only 31% of the funds needed for 2015.

– More than 95% of Palestine refugees now rely on UNRWA to meet their daily needs of food, water and healthcare.

– Priority interventions include cash assistance, which enables UNRWA to serve 460,000 Palestine refugees in need.

– Additional funding is also required for critical non-food items including blankets, mattresses and hygiene kits for displaced Palestine refugee families throughout Syria.

Keep your promises, plead Wafa Hospital patients and staff

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Press Conference in the rubble of Al Wafa Hospital, Shejeiyah, Gaza

Press Conference in the rubble of Al Wafa Hospital, Shejeiyah, Gaza

Al Wafa hospital staff and patients today made a desperate plea to donors to make good on their promises, and deliver the money to rebuild their rehabilitation hospital destroyed in last year’s brutal Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip.

“We started fundraising the same day our patients were forced to leave,” Executive Director Basman Alashi said after today’s press conference, held in the rubble of the 8,000 sq.m. facility in Shejieyah.

“Twenty million dollars was pledged, but so far we have received only $70,000.”

Mr Alashi explained that this was largely due to the problems experienced over the past 12 months with getting construction materials in through the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and donors’ reluctance to front up with the money while these obstacles remained.

“The situation has changed,” he said. “The materials are now here in Gaza, and more can be brought in. We just need the money to pay for them. We urge those who promised to help us to speed up the process, because their promises so far have not materialized, and this is really affecting the lives of thousands of people.” Read more »

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.” Read more »

MOH Gaza Final Report

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Palestinian MOH-Gaza Update as at 1900 hrs 25/08/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Monday August 25, 2014.

Total number of victims:13,196 (2,130 Martyrs; 11,066 Injured)
Distributed As
Deaths: 2,130 – 577 children, 263 women, 102 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 11,066 – 3,374 children, 2,088 women, 410 persons over 60 years

Fatima was at her front door when a drone struck, killing her niece and grand-daughter, and injuring her two sons and a grandson. She has shrapnel embedded in her head, face, neck and all over her body.

Fatima was at her front door when a drone struck, killing her niece and grand-daughter, and injuring her two sons and a grandson. She has shrapnel embedded in her head, face, neck and all over her body.

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MOH Gaza Update as at 1900 hrs on 24/08/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Sunday August 24, 2014.

Total number of victims:12,974 (2,120 Martyrs; 10,854 Injured)
Distributed As
Deaths: 2,120 – 577 children, 260 women, 101 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 10,854 – 3,307 children, 2,042 women, 401 persons over 60 years

Medical Transfers outside of Gaza for treatment

Transferred
Egypt – 233
Jordan – 34
Maqased – 149
Turkey – 46
Germany – 3
Total: 465

Returned
Egypt – 58
Jordan – 0
Maqased – 12
Turkey – 0
Germany – 0
Total: 70

Died
Egypt – 26
Jordan – 4
Maqased – 13
Turkey – 1
Germany – 0
Total: 44

Ambulance carrying a Palestinian injured in an Israeli air strike through the Rafah crossing under Egyptian security scrutiny on July 12, 2014. (Photo AFP/SAID KHATIB)

Ambulance carrying a Palestinian injured in an Israeli air strike through the Rafah crossing under Egyptian security scrutiny on July 12, 2014. (Photo AFP/SAID KHATIB)

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MOH Gaza Update as at 1900 hrs on 21/08/2014

Israeli Aggression against Palestinians in Gaza Strip from 06-07-2014

Date of report:
21/08/2014 at 1900 hrs
Total number of victims:12,565 (2,083 Martyrs; 10,482 Injured)

Distributed As

Deaths: 2,083 – 561 children, 255 women, 98 over 60 years
Injuries: 10,482 – 3,189 children, 1,994 women, 388 over 60 years

Thousands farewell the three assassinated Qassam leaders at their funerals in Rafah today

Thousands farewell the three assassinated Qassam leaders at their funerals in Rafah today

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MOH Gaza Update as at 1700 hrs on 20/08/2014

Israeli Aggression against Palestinians in Gaza Strip from 06-07-2014

Date of report:
20/08/2014 at 1700 hrs
Total number of victims:12,326 (2047 Martyrs; 10,224 Injured)

Distributed As

Deaths: 2,047 – 553 children, 253 women, 96 over 60 years
Injuries: 10,224 – 3,106 children, 1,970 women, 368 over 60 years

Relatives of 27-year-old Widad Deif, the wife of Hamas commander Muhammad Deif, carry her body during her funeral procession at the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Aug. 20, 2014 (AFP Roberto Schmidt)

Relatives of 27-year-old Widad Deif, the wife of Hamas commander
Muhammad Deif, carry her body during her funeral procession at the
Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Aug. 20, 2014
(AFP Roberto Schmidt)

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Ministry of Health Gaza Update as at 1500 hrs 17/08/2014

Israeli Aggression against Palestinian in Gaza Strip from 06-07-2014

Date of report: 17/80/2014 Hour:15:00 pm
Total number of victims:12,209 (2016 Martyrs, 19101 Injured) Distributed As

Deaths: 2,016 – 541 children, 250 women, 95 over 60 years
Injuries: 10,193 – 3,084 children, 1,970 women, 368 over 60 years

MOH Gaza Update as at 1700 hrs on 10/08/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1700 hours on Sunday August 10, 2014.

Deaths: 1,935 – 467 children, 243 women 18-60 years, 87 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 9,886 – 3,009 children, 1,912 women 18-60 years, 359 over 60 years.
ICU: 153 patients

A toddler died in this ICU bed when his oxygen line was cut by flying glass following an Israeli air-strike

A toddler died in this ICU bed when his oxygen line was cut by flying glass following an Israeli air-strike

MOH Gaza Update as at 1700 hrs on 09/08/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1700 hours on Saturday August 09, 2014.

Deaths: 1,911 – 449 children, 243 women 18-60 years, 87 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 9,861 – 3,004 children, 1,907 women 18-60 years, 359 over 60 years.
ICU: 153 patients

Destroyed ambulances in Shujeiyah

Destroyed ambulances in Shujeiyah

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MOH Gaza Update as at 1700 hr on 07/08/2014

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MOH Gaza Update as at 1700 hrs on 06/08/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1700 hours on Wednesday August 06, 2014.

Deaths: 1,886 – 432 children, 243 women 18-60 years, 85 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 9,806 – 2,979 children, 1,903 women 18-60 years, 356 over 60 years.
ICU: 153 patients

Any ceasefire agreement must be based on international law, respect for human rights

Press Release
Ministry of Health Gaza
August 06, 2014

The Ministry of Health Gaza insists that any ceasefire agreement must guarantee the human rights of our people, most importantly, the right to health.

We therefore stress that any agreement arising out of the talks in Cairo must be based on international law, not self-interest.

We emphasise that international law is something that is applied without fear or favour, not negotiated.

Palestinian loss of land to 2012

Palestinian loss of land to 2012

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MOH Gaza update as at 2000 hrs on 04/08/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 2000 hours on Monday August 04, 2014.

Deaths: 1,865 – 429 children, 243 women 18-60 years, 79 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 9,536 – 2,877 children, 1,853 women 18-60 years, 347 over 60 years.
ICU: 153 patients

Unloading aid in Rafah today (Photo: Charlie Andreasson)

Unloading aid in Rafah today (Photo: Charlie Andreasson)

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In the name of humanity, stop the Israeli slaughter of innocents in Gaza

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
August 04, 2014

Medics remove a child from the rubble after the Israeli airstrike in Shaati camp today

Medics remove a child from the rubble after the Israeli airstrike in Shaati camp today

The Ministry of Health Gaza condemns in the strongest possible terms the Israeli breaking of the humanitarian ceasefire in a murderous attack on the Al-Bakri family home in Al-Shaati refugee camp in west Gaza City, killing an eight-year-old child and injuring 30 other people, mostly women and children.

This attack on a home in one of the most densely populated residential areas on earth only minutes after the commencement of a humanitarian ceasefire can only be seen as a calculated and deliberate attack on civilians. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update as at 2000 hrs on 03/08/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 2000 hours on Sunday August 03, 2014.

Deaths: 1,803 – 401 children, 238 women 18-60 years, 74 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 9,324 – 2,805 children, 1,823 women 18-60 years, 343 over 60 years.
ICU: 140 patients

Kuwaiti Hospital Rafah today

Kuwaiti Hospital Rafah today

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Reaching Out

by Huda Droll

Yousef Kafarnah

Yousef Kafarnah

What can be said for one that has reached out with all his might to help protect his family? He is a hero, and his name is Yousef Kafarnah, 36, from Al-Atatrah. Read more »

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