Archive for the 'Health' Category

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 »

You can run but you can’t hide

by Huda Droll

Fady Abo Khousa

Fady Abo Khousa

Born in Bureij refugee camp four year-old Fady Abu Khousa, along with his family, were evacuated to Nusirat Camp. The Israeli Army had dropped flyers telling the entire camp to evacuate and where to go. Fady didn’t mind, after all, this is where Grandma lives, we are just visiting Grandma. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update as at 2000 hrs on 02/08/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 2000 hours on Saturday August 02, 2014.

Deaths: 1,676 – 378 children, 207 women 18-60 years, 74 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 9,078 – 2,744 children, 1,750 women 18-60 years, 343 over 60 years.
ICU: 140 patients

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Kuwaiti Maternity Hospital in Rafah unable to cope with scores of dead and injured

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
August 03, 2014

Dead bodies stacked in a cold-store

Dead bodies stacked in a cold-store

The Ministry of Health Gaza is reeling from the reports coming out of Rafah, where scores have been killed and injured today, including 10 dead and over 30 injured in yet another attack on an UNRWA school, this time the Anas Ibn Malik Prepatory School sheltering thousands of forcibly displaced persons.

A group of women, children and older people were sitting against the wall at the entrance to the school seeking shade from the sun when they were struck.

This atrocity follows dawn attacks in Rafah on the Ghoul and Abu Jazzar family homes which left 18 dead and dozens injured, and brings the number killed in Gaza today to at least 118. Read more »

Lack of water, sanitation and PHC cause explosion of infectious disease in Gaza, threaten public health

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
August 02, 2014

Forcibly displaced peeople in an UNRWA school

Forcibly displaced peeople in an UNRWA school

The people of Gaza face enormous barriers to accessing primary health care, with only 10 of the government’s 56 Primary Health Care clinics operational, eight of UNRWA’s 22 clinics open, and most NGO clinics closed.

The majority of displaced persons have no access whatsoever to primary health care services.

This is at a time when there are urgent public health problems arising from the Israeli offensive threatening the health of the entire population. Read more »

Urgent Gaza needs: transfer for 50 patients, humanitarian corridor to Al Naser Hospital

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
August 02, 2014

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The Ministry of Health Gaza makes an urgent appeal to hospitals outside of Gaza to take 50 cases ready to be referred immediately. Gaza’s hospitals are overloaded, and just cannot cope with the huge number of casualties resulting from the latest continuous Israeli bombardment, this time in the Rafah governate.

More than 85 people have been killed in the last 24 hours in Rafah, and over 350 have been injured, many seriously. The entire Al Janina area of Rafah has been decimated. Read more »

Al Najar Hospital in Rafah evacuated as Israeli genocidal rampage continues

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
August 01, 2014

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The Ministry of Health Gaza announces the closure of Al Najjar Hospital in Rafah, due to Israeli bombardments in the vicinity compromising its ability to guarantee the safety of patients and staff.

The hospital has now been evacuated, bringing to four the number of government hospitals closed by Israeli attacks in the past three and a half weeks. Read more »

Urgent call from MOH Gaza for international assistance to evacuate civilians

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
August 01, 2014

The Ministry of Health Gaza calls for immediate international assistance to evacuate thousands of civilians trapped under heavy Israeli bombardment in Rafah, in which at least 40 have already been killed and over 150 injured.

Some five kilometres between Salah Al-Eddin street and Al Najjar Hospital is under intense and indiscriminate artillery fire, ambulances are unable to reach the wounded, and thousands of civilians are trapped in their homes.

We cannot reach the civilians to evacuate them, the wounded to provide medical care, or the dead to retrieve their bodies.

Israel has informed the United Nations that there is no truce.

We have officially notified the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva of the critical situation, which has all the makings of the biggest Israeli massacre in living memory.

Gaza needs immediate help to evacuate civilians from this area. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update as at 1900 hrs on 31/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Thursday July 31, 2014.

Deaths: 1,418 – 324 children, 166 women 18-60 years, 60 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 8,265 – 2,502 children, 1,626 women 18-60 years, 303 over 60 years.
ICU: 140 patients

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Gaza surgery being performed in corridors, on the floor

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 31, 2014

Performing an internal fixation on the corridor floor

Performing an internal fixation on the corridor floor

Gaza hospitals are operating under impossible conditions, with surgery now being performed in corridors and on the floor due to the sheer numbers of wounded from massacres such as Shati park, UNRWA school and Shujeiyah market.

Lack of theatre space sees two persons being operated on at a time in the same theatre, while others receive surgical interventions in the corridors.

Even beds are in such short supply that surgeons are forced to undertake complicated procedures while their patients lie on stretchers on the floor.

There is nowhere to send the patients post-operatively, with Shifa ICU full, and no vacant beds in surgical wards. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update as at 2400 on 30/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 2400 hours on Wednesday July 30, 2014.

Deaths: 1,357 – 315 children, 166 women 18-60 years, 58 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 7.677 – 2,164 children, 1,314 women 18-60 years, 282 over 60 years.
ICU: 140 patients

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Murdering refugees in safe havens an Israeli forte, says MOH

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 30, 2014

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Murdering refugees in safe havens an Israeli forte

Murdering desperate families in safe havens is fast becoming Israel’s forte. UNRWA’s Abu Hussein Elementary Girls School in Jabalia, housing 3,300 displaced people, was struck last night killing 15 and injuring 90, bringing the number of UNRWA schools attacked by the Israeli military to six. Read more »

Israeli attack on crowded market during ceasefire is ‘barbarity personified’ says MOH Gaza

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 30, 2014

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Israeli attack on crowded market during ceasefire is ‘barbarity personified’

Ministry of Health Gaza is outraged at the Israeli massacre perpetrated during the so-called humanitarian ceasefire, when F-16s fired missiles into the crowded Shujeiyah market as hundreds took advantage of the lull to buy food and supplies.

At least 17 people have been killed and 200 injured.

“This atrocity is barbarity personified,” said Director General, Ministry of Health Dr Medhat Abbas.

Not satisfied with exterminating entire families in their own homes, not satisfied with killing people praying in mosques, not satisfied with killing patients, staff and visitors in hospitals, not satisfied with killing ambulance drivers as they retrieve the dead and injured, not satisfied with killing women and children sheltering in UNRWA schools, the Israeli death machine now blatantly attacks a crowded public market DURING a humanitarian ceasefire, in an unrivalled cruel and cynical exercise of savagery and barbarism. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update 2100 hrs 29/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 2100 hours on Tuesday July 29, 2014.

Deaths: 1,210 – 287 children, 130 women 18-60 years, 57 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 6,896 – 2,164 children, 1,314 women 18-60 years, 282 over 60 years.
ICU: 121 patients

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MOH Gaza: Muslim holy days marred by genocide in Gaza

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 29, 2014

Shifa Hospital Outpatients Department bombed

Shifa Hospital Outpatients Department bombed

The Ministry of Health Gaza is pained to express its deep sadness and outrage at the Israeli attacks on Gaza on our holy days of Eid al-Fitr.

In the last 24 hours, 120 people have been killed, bringing the total to 1,156.

Particularly distressing was the death in Al Bureij refugee camp of Diana Abu Jaber and her unborn baby only a week before his estimated date of delivery.

Diana’s home was struck by an F-16 airstrike.

“As it collapsed a concrete pillar fell on her,” reported Dr Kamal Khatab, Medical Superintendent of Al Aqsa Hospital. “A shell ripped her abdomen open, the unborn baby fell out and was hit in the head with shrapnel, and his brain matter was extruded. Both mother and baby died immediately.” Read more »

MOH Gaza Press Release: Al-Shati Park massacre

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 29, 2014

Victims of the Al-Shati Park massacre (AFP/Mahmoud Hams)

Victims of the Al-Shati Park massacre (AFP/Mahmoud Hams)

Eid al fitr. The end of Ramadan, the end of the fast. New clothes, lots of sweets, family visits. Celebrations of life and love.

Not in Gaza.

Instead, Israelis delivered a hefty dose of death and destruction in al-Shati Camp, splitting families and bodies alike.

Two adults and eight children killed as they rode the Ferris wheel or in a TukTuk in the park, over 40 injured, one of whom has since died.

This barbaric and deliberate attack on children in a public place on one of the two most significant Muslim holy days seals the Israeli reputation as one of the most perverse war criminals imaginable.

Many considered the calculated murder of the four children playing football on the beach on July 16, 2014 to be an atrocity and a clear war crime – nine more dead children in al-Shati’s park is an even more gross excess. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update 1700 hrs 28/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1700 hours on Monday July 28, 2014.

Deaths: 1,044 – 237 children, 93 women 18-60 years, 47 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 6,280 – 1,952 children, 1,172 women 18-60 years, 259 over 60 years.
ICU: 115 patients

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Mahar’s Story

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Mahar Hamid Sheikh-Khalil, 7 years old, from Shujeiyah

Mahar Hamid Sheikh-Khalil, 7 years old, from Shujeiyah

Mahar Hamid Sheikh-Khalil is seven years old. She used to have a mother and father, three sisters and a brother, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

She used to play with her brother and sisters and their cousins, scampering about the yard or on the roof, sometimes in the street with the neighbours’ kids. She used to walk, and skip and jump. She used to run up the stairs from her grandmother’s on the ground floor to her family’s apartment on the top floor. The same stairs that on July 20 crushed her family, along with their hopes and dreams. Read more »

MOH Gaza Update 1900 hours 27/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Sunday July 27, 2014.

Deaths: 1,031 – 236 children, 93 women 18-60 years, 47 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 6,233 – 1,949 children, 1,169 women 18-60 years, 257 over 60 years.
ICU: 115 patients

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MOH says Gaza’s hospitals confronting new crisis

PRESS RELEASE
Ministry of Health Gaza
July 27, 2014

Displaced families in makeshift tents in Shifa Hospital grounds

Displaced families in makeshift tents in Shifa Hospital grounds

Hospitals in Gaza are confronting a new crisis, as patients ready for discharge are unable to leave, taking up hospital beds urgently required for the incoming wounded.

The situation for many of these patients is dire: either their families have been killed or there is no-one to care for them, their homes have been destroyed, or they live in areas under Israeli orders to evacuate and are under threat of being shot if they return.

Several attacks on UNRWA schools serving as shelters for displaced persons have left these already traumatised and still-vulnerable victims too distrustful to accept them as a discharge option. In addition, the over-crowded and under-resourced conditions in the shelters are an unsuitable environment for the recuperating injured, with limited water, hygiene and electricity supplies. Read more »

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