Isra al-Jumalah gave birth to a daughter on the first day of the cease-fire in Gaza. But these displaced Palestinians are unable to provide for the basic needs of newborns.
Isra’s family is living in a tent on the grounds of Al-Aqsa Hospital as their homes were destroyed by Israeli attacks. There is a substantial shortage of essential medical services.
Isra said that a girl needs many things including milk and diapers. But I can’t find anything. I am not getting the necessary medical facilities.
Sixty percent of Gaza’s health infrastructure has been destroyed since the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Many casualties occurred.
World Health Organization’s Gaza representative Ahmed Dahir said, the situation is very dire. Hospitals are paralyzed due to lack of medical supplies. Medical equipment is urgently needed. It is not possible to give the necessary treatment to the patients who are suffering.
The World Health Organization is doing its best to keep Gaza’s hospitals operational. Equipment support from different countries is being distributed according to need.
Mahmoud Al Halabi, supply officer of the World Health Organization, said, ‘We are supplying equipment to the hospitals that are still operating. Besides, we are working to activate the health centers that have become inactive. But the aid coming from different countries is very insignificant compared to the need.
The World Health Organization has asked Israel to respect international law on the issue of attacks on Gaza. Besides, the organization called upon the international community to take steps to ensure the protection of the health sector of the valley.
The World Health Organization reported that 212 health centers in Gaza were attacked after the Israeli-Hamas conflict began on October 7. 60 percent of the valley’s health infrastructure has been destroyed. 565 people lost their lives and 732 were injured. In this situation, the organization called on the international community to take steps to ensure the protection of the health sector in Gaza.