ACTNews, GAZA - The recent surge of Covid-19 cases in Gaza has had quite a severe impact on residents who have been living in a humanitarian conflict. By early September, the number of recorded cases reached more than 37 thousand people with hundreds of people dead.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in Palestine, Gaza has been on lockdown. With the local residents forbidden from going outside and travel, the economy has been severely impacted. In addition, the health facilities in Gaza have also been failing. Because of the pandemic, the activities in the Indonesian Clinic have also been temporarily suspended. Fortunately, the two ambulances donated by the people of Indonesia have continued operating to serve the Gazans in their houses in the midst of the lockdown.
Said Mukaffiy from ACT's Global Humanity Response team, Tuesday (9/15), explained that ACT’s ambulances and medical teams are allowed to operate during the lockdown. The clinic has been temporarily closed so that it would not create a crowd. "During the lockdown, the Indonesian clinic is not allowed to operate. However, the two ambulances and the team of doctors are allowed to provide medical assistance to the people of Gaza in their own houses," he explained.
The Indonesian ambulances and the team of doctors from the Indonesian clinic have been serving the people of Gaza who suffer from various illnesses. Apart from the usual illnesses, many of the patients also suffer from injuries due to Israeli attacks. In fact, throughout the month of August, 40% of the patients came to the clinic to have their injuries treated.
Israeli strikes ahead of lockdown
In early August, Aljazeera reported, Israel attacked Gaza almost daily. Apart from the attacks, Israel has also tightened the blockade, making it difficult for the local populations in Gaza to obtain basic supplies in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the essential items that have been denied entry to Gaza by Israel if she will. This also leads to a severe impact on the health sector in Palestine because hospitals need fuel for electricity. Without sufficient fuel, the hospitals cannot operate and treat patients that are in dire need of medical treatment.
"This is why it is essential for us to continue helping the Palestinians in the midst of the pandemic and the prolonged conflict. We invite generous Indonesian people to continue to assist our brothers and sisters in times of crisis," said Saïd.