Health ministry says Gaza hospitals still suffering lack of medicine 31May11 June 1, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre – 31 May 2011

The Gaza health ministry said Monday that hospitals in the besieged Gaza Strip are still suffering from lack of medicines and medical supplies as 310 medicines and consumables are completely out of stock.

The deficit has effected such important departments as reception, emergencies, and intensive care as well as patients suffering from heart, nerve, kidney, psychological diseases and tumors.

The health crisis is one of the results of the blockade Israel has enforced on the tiny coastal enclave.

In a statement, the health ministry said it has called on the world health organization to intervene, but the crisis has stayed in its place, which has had a negative effect on the overall health services provide to the Gaza Strip’s patients.

It pointed out that the Norwegian health mission recently made a four-day visit to Gaza and was briefed on the severe medical deficit and subsequently released a report about it in the Lancet health magazine distributed worldwide.

The mission called the situation in the Gaza Strip heart-breaking and called on the world community to help supply the region with its medical need.

The health ministry warned of a medical disaster that could rock the Strip’s hospitals and clinics, a situation that could lead to the diseases developing into chronic ones, or the patients becoming permanently disabled or dying.

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