Gaza Power Crisis Puts Patients' Lives at Risk

Gaza Power Crisis Puts Patients' Lives at Risk

ACTNews, GAZA – Israel’s attacks on Palestinian civilians have caused many casualties and wounded victims. Palestinian Health Ministry stated that the number of the injured bas spiked over the last ten months, rapidly depleting the electricity, medicines and medical supplies. The fuel crisis in Gaza has put the hospitals in danger.

The major concern over the ongoing electricity crisis was stated by Palestinian Ministry of Health’s Director of International Cooperation, Dr. Ashraf Abu Mhady, to Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). On Monday (1/21), Dr. Abu Mhady announced that five hospitals in Gaza are facing shutdown. “The five hospitals have no fuel supplies to operate the electrical generators as a substitute energy source,” said Abu Mhady.

Maryam Al-Gawga, a Palestinian mother whose daughter suffer from renal failure, expressed her worry to Middle East Eye. Maryam’s daughter is being treated in Rantissi Hospital. Maryam worries that the fuel crisis will put the patients’ lives in danger.

“My daughter needs dialysis, she spends four hours on the machine. Of course if the electricity cuts off due to the fuel crisis, this is the machine that gives my daughter life, and not just her, in just the dialysis ward of the hospital there are 43 cases. All of them are in danger because of the fuel shortage,” said Al-Gawga.

The condition worsens as the number of the wounded due to the Great Return March protests continues to rise each week. Reaching its 45th week, Friday (2/1), 98 were wounded including 15 children, 4 women, 2 paramedics and a journalist, reported International Middle East Media Center.

With electricity on the verge of collapse, Palestinian Health Ministry appeals for fuel aid. As a global charity foundation, ACT invites the people of Indonesia to bring solution to the crisis.

Fuel crisis is not the only problem faced by Palestinian health services. Dr. Abu Mhady stated that many ambulances in Gaza were damaged during the Great Return March protests. ““Most of them were partially damaged, and we also have two that were totally damaged. Besides, all of them are old cars. Some of them have been used since 25 years ago,” stated Abu Mhady. 

Abu Mhady added that from March 2018 till the end of the year, around half of 26,000 wounded victims are unable to receive medical treatments in hospitals due to hospital bed shortage. []

Picture Sources: ACT, Middle East Eye 

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