The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the medical system in Gaza is at a “breaking point” due to the total shutdown of electricity, food, water, and other resources. The WHO stated that hospitals need to ration fuel due to running low stocks and limited electricity. The UN warns that a total shutdown of every facility would be “devastating” for the most vulnerable patients, such as wounded patients, ICU patients, and newborn babies. The crossing must open immediately so the WHO and other humanitarian organizations can act quickly to save lives. The WHO will deliver trauma and vital healthcare items through its distribution point in Dubai and collaborate with associates to ensure they arrive in the Gaza Strip using the Rafah border crossing.
WHO issues a ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ alert in the wake of an Israel blockade
The militant organization Hamas, which launched the most devastating attack on Israel since 1973, operates in the Gaza Strip, the home of 2.2 million Palestinians.
The medical system in Gaza was at a “breaking point”
Days after Israel revealed the total shutdown of electricity, food, water, and fuel to the Gaza Strip, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that the medical system in Gaza was at a “breaking point.”
The World Health Organisation’s statement
WHO stated, “WHO cautions that the Gaza Strip’s healthcare system is on the verge of collapse. If fuel and essential medical and emergency supplies can’t get delivered to the Gaza Strip immediately despite the total blockade, then there is no time left to avert a humanitarian calamity.”
WHO further stated that the hospitals needed to ration fuel because their fuel stocks were running low, and they only had a few hours of electricity.
“Hospitals only have a handful of hours of electricity because they must ration their limited fuel supplies and rely on generators to power their most essential operations. When the fuel supplies run out in a few days, even these operations will have to stop.”
Hamas launched the largest assault on Israel since 1973
The militant Hamas organization, which launched the largest assault on Israel since the Yom Kippur War of 1973, operates in the strip, which is the residence of about 2.2 million Palestinians. Israeli Defence Forces unveiled a response against Hamas in Gaza as militants from Hamas continued to massacre civilians and kidnap Israeli soldiers.
Israel’s energy minister, Israel Katz
Israel’s energy minister, Israel Katz, stated on Thursday that until Hamas releases Israeli hostages, the country will not permit resources, such as fuel, water, and electricity, inside the Gaza Strip.
WHO: The impact of a total shutdown of every facility is “devastating”
In addition, the WHO described the effects of a total cessation of every facility as “devastating” for the most vulnerable patients, such as the wounded who got crucial injuries, those hospitalized in intensive care units (ICU), or the newborn babies who needed to get placed on incubators.
“WHO will instantly deliver trauma and vital healthcare items through its distribution point in Dubai while collaborating with associates to guarantee that they arrive in the Gaza Strip using the Rafah border crossing,” the organization said in its final statement.