Gaza Health System Collapsing: 40 Percent of Medicine Runs Out

When hospitals use up their fuel within a week, the lives of some 1,700 patients will be at immediate risk, says a WHO report

Amira Hass
Amira Hass
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Amira Hass

At the end of January, Gaza’s public health care system had run out of 206 essential medicines – that is 40 percent of medications included in the basic Palestinian health basket. A further 27 drugs – or 6 percent of the 516 medications in the basket – were about to be depleted within days or weeks. There is a dire shortage in essential drugs such as those required for performing cardiac angiographies, treating cancer and autoimmune diseases and performing dialysis. Of a list of 853 disposable medical equipment items, 220 were expected to be unobtainable by the end of January.

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