Gaza, ALRAY - Al-Mezan center for human rights warned of a real disaster will hit the Gaza Strip if the cases of coronavirus raise, calling for an immediate move to supply Gaza with respirators, the analysis kit and the medicines necessary to reduce the loss of life due to this pandemic that struck the world.
The center called in a statement on Wednesday to take the recommendations of UN investigation committees into consideration and hold Israel accountable for violation the international law and to work to break the Israeli siege on Gaza.
The center said in the statement that as the Covid-19 transmits around the world , Israeli occupation authorities persist imposing the siege on Gaza and evade their legal obligations as an occupying power to supply health services and hospitals in Gaza with necessary materials to cope corona-virus pandemic.
The information available to the center indicates that the Gaza Strip is to suffer a real crisis in case the virus outbreaks, and the available capabilities to confront the pandemic are weak comparing to "Israel" and various countries of the world. The number of intensive care beds in Gaza is 110 beds for adults, of which (78) are in hospitals of the Ministry of Health, and (7) beds are in the military medical services.
It pointed out that the civil medical institutions have (12) beds, while private medical institutions have (13) beds.
The distribution of the care beds in Gaza Strip is as follow, Gaza Governorate 61 beds, Khan Yunis 23 beds, North Gaza Governorate 16 beds, and 10 beds in the Central Governorate, while Rafah Governorate did not have intensive care beds.
72% of the intensive care units in Gaza Strip is used, thus only 23 beds is ready to receive cases.
The number of respirators operating in intensive care units in the Gaza Strip is 96, of which (63) are in hospitals of the Ministry of Health only, (9) are in hospitals affiliated with NGOs, and (7) are in Kamal Adwan Hospital Military medical services
Gaza Strip also suffers of acute shortage of analysis equipment, which prevents the Ministry of Health from being able to test all suspected cases and wait for symptoms of the disease to appear.
The health sector is also suffering from a shortage of protective clothing and tools for medical personnel to deal with Corona virus.
It is worth noting that the Israeli occupation authorities allowed the entry of very limited quantities of several analyzes, as the Ministry of Health indicates that the available quantities allow for about (1500) analyzes only, a large part of which was used.
Palestinian Health ministry in Gaza is able to carry out few tests for suspected cases per- day, while Israeli occupation authorities carry out 10.000 tests of corona virus everyday and seek to increase its ability to 30.000 tests every day. The health conditions in West Bank are not better than in Gaza, so that a real crisis will outbreak if the virus spread because there are not sufficient kits to carry the tests.
Israeli occupation authorities have been imposing a strict siege on Gaza for 14 year, carrying many military aggressions against it that destroyed the infrastructure of the strip and weaken the health system there. The continued blockade caused acute shortage of medicines, medical supplies and medical consumables, that the Ministry of Health stopped surgical operations several times.
The center stressed that the virus threatens the lives of the people who suffers chronic diseases in Gaza Strip and those who receive medical treatment abroad since the hospitals canceled their treatment sessions.
The Corona pandemic transmitted at a time when the Palestinian economy in the Gaza Strip is witnessing a rapid and unprecedented collapse, and an outbreak of the unemployment phenomenon, which recorded a rate of (52%) among the labor force . It is noteworthy that unemployment among young people aged (18-29) years increased during 2018 from 53% to 69%. Poverty also spread among the population, recording a rate of (53.0%).