Al-Awda hospital ER team providing emergency care to an injured patient. Credit: UHWC
A new report by WHO shows that, since the start of the mass demonstrationsÂ in Gaza, on 30 March, 2018, 261 people haveÂ been killed and a total of 27,942 peopleÂ injured:
â€ś13,174 were treated andÂ discharged from the Trauma StabilizationÂ Points (TSPs) and the remaining 14,768Â casualties were transferred to MoH andÂ NGO hospitals. 6,386 people had liveÂ ammunition gunshot wounds, of whichÂ 5,561 (87%) presented limb gunshotÂ wounds.â€ť
The report additionally said that, as the current fuel reserve for hospitals declines, mitigation measures continue to affect the health system,Â such as reduced sterilization, diagnostic imaging, cleaning, laundry and catering services. However, theÂ Electricity Distributing Company has connected some of the hospitals with extra grid lines, which has in turnÂ decreased the dependency on fuel to run-backup generators; in addition, ad-hoc donations from variousÂ charities have prevented the closure of hospitals.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health continues to highlight the potentialÂ threat facing the health sector, should the remaining fuel gets completely depleted.
The report added that chronic shortages of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies at all facility levels continue to pose majorÂ challenges for health services, saying that the Health Cluster requires $32 million USD to response to humanitarian needs in the oPt.
The HumanitarianÂ Response Plan for the Health Cluster will target 900,000 people out of the 1.2 million identified as acutely in need of humanitarian health assistance.