Gaza crisis deepen, hospitals to shut down

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip on Saturday warned that five hospitals in the enclave are on the verge of shutting down due to power outages.

Spokesman for the Ministry Ashraf al-Qedra said that the next few hours will be crucial for five major hospitals in Gaza, including two children’s hospitals.

According to al-Qedra, these hospitals are to face the same fate of Beit Hanoun Hospital which has closed its doors due to power shortage resulting from depletion of fuel used to run alternative generators during power outage.

The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip has been suffering from acute power and drug shortage as a result of the 13-year-long blockade and the sanctions imposed on the enclave by the Palestinian Authority for nearly two years now.

(Source / 20.01.2019)

Cancer Patient Held in Israeli Jail at Critical Stage

18 Jan 6:43 AM

Palestinian detainee and cancer victim Sami Abu-Diak has lost a great amount of weight and is no longer able to eat or drink, the Detainees Affairs Commission said on Thursday.

Karim Ajwa, the Commission’s attorney, said Abu-Diak has also lost the ability to sleep and can no longer walk. He is also suffering severe stomach pain as a result of the advanced stage of cancer he is suffering.

Abu-Diak, who comes from the town of Silat al-Dahr in the West Bank, is serving a life sentence, and so far served 18 years in jail, according to WAFA.

He underwent surgery in September of 2015, at the Soroka Hospital in Israel, during which 80 cm of his intestine was removed. He suffered a medical error during the surgery, resulting in kidney and lung failure, along with other serious health complications.

(Source / 18.01.2019)

Latest stage of UK-Gaza kidney transplant programme begins

Palestinian patients undergo kidney dialysis at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced yesterday that the latest stage of the “From Gaza to Liverpool” kidney transplant programme has begun.

This stage is the 20th instalment of the programme, which is led by the head of the Organ Surgery Centre at the Royal Liverpool Hospital in the UK, Dr Abdelkader Hammad, Safa reported.

Since 2013 Dr Hammad – who is of Palestinian origin – has worked alongside his colleagues to transfer organ transplant expertise from Liverpool to the besieged Gaza Strip. According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 61 kidney transplants have been carried out since the start of the programme.

The first kidney transplant of this latest phase was carried out on Saturday. The head of the Artificial Kidneys’ Department at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital, Dr Abdullah Al-Qishawi, explained that the operation was carried out by Palestinian doctors on a patient in his thirties. The patient had been suffering from kidney failure for seven months and needed dialysis several times a week.

This operation is one of four kidney transplants to be carried out during this latest phase.

READ: Lack of medicated baby formula puts life of Gaza children at stake

(Source / 14.01.2019)

Gaza fuel crisis deepens, Gaza health service may stop

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Palestinian Health Ministry warned Wednesday that Gaza’s fuel crisis is threatening to bring its medical services to a halt.

“Medical services are about to stop within days due to the fuel crisis despite austerity measures taken by hospitals and health centers,” ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement.

Home to more than two million people, the Gaza Strip has been struggling with severe electricity shortages since 2006.

(Source / 04.01.2019)

Health services in Gaza at stake due to severe lack of fuel

A Palestinian patient undergoes kidney dialysis at al-Shifa hospital during the continuing crisis of power outages, in Gaza city on 28 August, 2018

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has warned that its health services are at stake due to the severe lack of fuel in the besieged coastal enclave, reported yesterday.

The ministry’s spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said: “The ministry warns that some of its services will stop within days due to the fuel crisis.”

Al-Qidra said that the Ministry of Health is facing a fuel crisis “in spite of the austerity measures it has been adopting regarding the use of power.”

Like all other ministries, the health ministry in Gaza has been suffering from several crises as a result of Israel’s 11-year siege on the Strip and the Palestinian Authority’ refusal to pay administrative fees and electricity costs for the Gaza Strip.

READ: Palestinian killed, 6 injured by Israel in Gaza 

(Source / 03.01.2019)

Palestinian child dies after being refused treatment in Lebanon

Three-year-old Palestinian refugee Mohammad Wahbah died on 18 December 2018 after being refused treatment in Lebanese hospitals [Arab48]

Three-year-old Palestinian refugee Mohammad Wahbah died on 18 December 2018 after being refused treatment in Lebanese hospitals

Three-year-old Palestinian refugee Mohammad Wahbah was announced dead yesterday morning after he was denied treatment at Lebanese hospitals, Arab48 reported.

Mohammad needed urgent brain surgery which his family could not afford and the hospital said they did not have the funds to complete.

Palestinian refugees launched a campaign on social media to put pressure on Lebanese health services to admitted Mohammad but it was too late. He fell in to a coma as soon as he was admitted to hospital and died three days later.

Mohammad’s family said UNRWA, the UN body in charge of Palestinian refugee affairs, for his death.

As a result, thousands of Palestinian refugees took to the streets and protested against UNRWA and the Lebanese government. They also announced a general strike in the refugee camps to express their anger with the policy of negligence.

READ: Is there a plot to depopulate Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon?

(Source / 19.12.2018)

First batch of Japan medicines arrives in Gaza

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah stands next to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Jericho Agro Industrial Park (JAIP) on a visit to the West Bank on 2 May 2018. [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (CR) stands next to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Jericho Agro Industrial Park (JAIP) on a visit to the West Bank on 2 May 2018

Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza yesterday announced the arrival of the first batch of medicines donated by the Japanese government in Gaza Strip, Quds Net News reported.

In a press conference, Director of the International Cooperation Department in the Ministry of Health Ashraf Abu-Mhadi said: “Japan has several contributions in supporting healthcare sector the latest of which was opening the centre for the early detection of breast cancer, equipping Al-Shifa Hospital and managing the disposal of medical solid waste.”

Abu-Mhadi thanked the Japanese embassy and the Japanese institution for helping Palestinians in Gaza, reiterating the “deep” relationship between the Palestinian and Japanese people.

He noted that Japan is to fund a new programme related to the rehabilitation and support for Palestinians wounded during the “Great March of Return”.

“Gaza and Japan enjoy the same spirit of persistence on rebuilding everything from the ash and facing all the challenges without surrender,” the representative for the Japanese embassy said.

READ: First shipment of Qatar fuel enters Gaza

(Source / 26.11.2018)

UN warns of deteriorating capacity of Gaza’s largest hospitals

A child receives medical care in a hospital in Gaza [File photo]

A child receives medical care in a hospital in Gaza

The Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, visited Al-Shifa Hospital, Gaza’s largest hospital, and documented the suffering of medical staff and patients there.

The hospital’s staff stressed to McGoldrick that they are no more able to provide the necessary care for the sick and wounded patients, they have a severe shortage of essential medicines and medical supplies, and they are unable to pay the medical staff’s salaries.

During his talks with the hospital’s staff, McGoldrick said: “The healthcare sector has been suffering from a severe shortage of funding for years and the siege the occupation has been imposing on the Gaza Strip for 12 years has prevented access to basic goods, supplies and medicines.”

He added: “The only way out of this situation is to find a political solution and until then, support for basic life-saving services in Gaza must be increased.”

For his part, a senior doctor at the hospital, Dr Mahmoud Matar pointed out to McGoldrick to the lack of basic resources in the hospital and said: “the worst feeling for the doctor is the inability to provide what is necessary to save the patient’s life.”

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Matar called on the international community to help the hospitals in Gaza and provide them with the necessary medical tools to be able to deal with the large number of patients, which exceeds the capacities of the local staff.

About 20,000 people were injured in the March of Return demonstrations, 5,000 of who were shot by live bullets.

Because of the increase in the number of patients, the hospital was forced to postpone about 8000 surgical operations for cancer, heart disease, and other diseases.

(Source / 15.11.2018)

MAP gravely concerned by dangerous escalation in Gaza

Update [12pm, Wednesday 14 November]: Since this article was published a ceasefire has been agreed. Our team in Gaza reports that it is holding. 

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) is gravely concerned by the dangerous escalation in Gaza this week and is monitoring the situation closely.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, six Palestinians were killed on Monday night and at least 20 others injured from Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. On Tuesday afternoon another Palestinian was killed and at least three others were injured from Israeli airstrikes.

A Palestinian resident of Halhoul in the occupied West Bank, working inside Israel, was also killed and 70 Israelis injured by rockets fired from Gaza.

It has been another day and night very similar to those of the 2014 attacks on Gaza. The airstrikes continued from 4.30pm Monday afternoon till Tuesday morning. A number of buildings in residential areas were targeted at very short notice.” Fikr Shalltoot, MAP’s Director of Programmes in Gaza

It is reported that Israeli forces targeted and demolished three residential buildings in Gaza, home to three Palestinian families, and five commercial buildings, including Al Amal hotel in Gaza City, 100m from MAP’s office.

Dr. Adnan Al Wahaidi, the Director of Ard El Insan, a local NGO MAP partners with in Gaza to challenge child malnutrition, lost his home in one of the destroyed residential buildings.

In interviews with Al Wattan and Al Jazeera, Dr. Adnan indicated that the building was residential, inhabited by families of doctors, lawyers, and university teachers.

Fikr Shalltoot said Tuesday afternoon that the situation was still very tense though the airstrikes were less intensive than during the night.

The Ministry of Health declared a state of emergency in Gaza.

MAP is in close contact with partners on the ground and is ready to respond should the situation escalate further.

MAP hopes for a swift de-escalation and return to calm.

(Source / 15.11.2018)

Gaza: 14,566 new births during third quarter

Palestinian baby looks up before receiving medical care in Gaza

According to statistics released, Wednesday, by the General Administration of Civil Status at the Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip, the Strip has been witnessing 14,566 new births, with an average of 158 births per day, during the third quarter of this year.

The Civil Status Offices in the Directorate of Internal Affairs in Gaza said in a statement that during the period extending from 1 July to 30 September, there were 5,250 new births; meanwhile, the two Offices of Internal Affairs of Khan Yunis have registered 2,940 new births.

The Offices of Internal Affairs of the North have registered 2,550 births during the third quarter. The Civil Status Offices of Internal Affairs of the Centre have registered 1,973 new births, while the Civil Status Offices of the Directorate of Internal Affairs of Rafah have registered 1,853 new births.

The Civil Status stated that its offices in the Gaza Strip registered 878 deaths during the third quarter of this year.

Read: Palestinians struggle under Arab world apathy

(Source / 01.11.2018)