Electricity crisis looms in Gaza hospitals

Electricity and fuel crises are part of the strict Israeli siege imposed on the coastal enclave

Palestinian ministry of health announced state of emergency late on Sunday as main health facilities are about to halt providing critical medical services.

WHO acknowledged that “the 14 hospitals in Gaza need 430,000 liters of fuel per month with the approximate cost of $450,000”

Palestinian ministry of health announced state of emergency late on Sunday as main health facilities in Gaza are about to halt providing critical medical services.

Director General of international cooperation department at ministry Ashraf abu-Mahady called for an urgent meeting with Energy Authority and Gaza power plant to discuss possible actions to avoid power crisis.

Samir Mteer, director general of power plant, said that the health sector is the most affected sector by the instability of power supply.

He strongly urged the international humanitarian organisations to urgently afford the fuel needed to keep, at least, the most necessary departments able to offer their services.

World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently released a report describing the deficit of fuel. The report highlighted the negative impact if certain health services in Gaza hospitals stopped working.

The report reiterated that the neonatal departments, renal failure units, ICU, laboratory and blood banks as well as cardiac department must not be stopped for even one minute.

In the report, WHO acknowledged that “the 14 hospitals in Gaza need 430,000 liters of fuel per month with the approximate cost of $450,000.”

Meanwhile, the ongoing fuel shortage threatens lives of patients, worsens health situation and could lead to unprecedented unneeded results.

Reported by: Riham Shehada

(Source / 21.03.2017)

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