ACTNews, GAZA – Around ten fuel tank trucks were waiting in line in a gas station in Gaza waiting to be filled. They were about to carry 100,000 liters of fuel to be distributed to a number of hospitals in Gaza.
After being filled, the trucks went out of the gas station, ready to distribute the fuel. On each truck was a banner that says “Fuel Distribution for Palestinian Hospital’s Electricity”.
For a place with two million populations, there were not many vehicles on the streets as the fuel trucks easily drove through the streets. The Palestinian and Indonesian flags flying over the cabin signify the strong friendship between the two countries. A flag bearing the logo of Aksi Cepat Tanggap marked the humanitarian organization that initiated the fuel distribution.
As an initiative to alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza, ACT and the people of Indonesia delivered fuel aid to save the lives of patients in Gaza. In late January, ACT distributed 10,000 liters of fuel for Gazan hospitals.
“ACT has committed to respond to the dire situation in Gaza. ACT supplied fuel for eight hospitals in Gaza, collaborating with ACT partners in Gaza, including Palestinian Ministry of Health,” stated Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT.
Faradiba further explained that the eight hospitals to which the fuel aid was distributed are Al-Shifa Hospital, Kamal Adwan Hospital, Beit Hanoun Hospital, Al-Durra Hospital, Al-Harazeen Hospital, Shohada Al-Aqsa Hospital, Nasr Hospital and European Hospital.
“The capacity of each hospital varies. Three of the hospitals can serve over a thousand patients, such as European Hospital that can hold up to 1,600 patients, Al-Shifa Hospital that can serve up to 1,450 patients, and Nasr Hospital that can hold 1,300 patients,” explained Faradiba.
Previously, World Health Organization has stated that the health system is on “the edge of collapse”. The fuel price skyrocketed and the supplies for each hospital were running out. About 500,000 litres of fuel are required each month to sustain critical care in Gaza, but funding will only cover hospitals’ needs until the end of February, according to Guardian. Consequently, hospitals in Gaza are currently reliant on aid from international donors.
“Insha Allah, after receiving the aid, the eight hospitals will be able to continue operating at least for the next two weeks. Hence, the lives of thousands of patients throughout Gaza can be saved,” concluded Faradiba.