2018 marks the worst year on Gaza’s medical sector

Gaza, The Union of Health Care Committees (UHWC) in Gaza Strip said health conditions in the coastal enclave in 2018 were the worst due to the “unjust” 11-year Israeli blockade, the internal division, and the electricity crisis.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Head of the UHWC, Raed Sabah, said the medical services in the strip saw a setback in the last year triggered by a range of factors, primarily the Israeli-imposed siege and the internal division that affected all aspects of life, as well as the fuel shortage and power outage crises, causing disruptions of medical services.

Israel’s use of excessive force to deal with the “Great March of Return” led to a high death toll and injury of many civilians, which put further burdens and challenges on the strip’s medical institutions in handling the cases of the injured and handicapped persons, he added.

Sabah called on the international community to assume its responsibility and provide immediate support to the medical sector in the Gaza Strip.

In this context, he also urged the int’l community to exercise pressure on Israel to lift the blockade, and to call off restrictions on the movement of patients outside the strip to receive medical treatment.

Source: Jordan News Agency