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Gaza, ALRAY - Palestinian hospitals in the besieged Gaza strip are on acute crisis because of the severe shortage of fuel needed to run the generators, threatening lives of many patients.

 

Fuel crisis in Gaza embittered the lives of these patients from time to time, they live in constant fear that the electricity be cut suddenly. The electricity cut means the stoppage of the medical devices, aggravating the health conditions of these patients and putting their lives at risk of death. 

Dr. Nabil Albrkona, the supervisor of children's nurseries and hospitals in Gaza, said to ALRAY that Annaser hospital for children is affected with the acute shortage of fuel for a week and the amount of fuel that it has, is just sufficient for a day.

He explained that the ICU units in the hospital is the most affected units, since the premature babies need incubators that need electricity around clock. 

He went on saying that the emergency department in the hospital receives every day many cases of respiratory diseases that need nebulizers that works on electricity.

He also said that the hospital suffers of shortage in many types of medicines and medical equipment.

 Dr. Ayman Sahbani director of ambulance and emergency department at Shifa Hospital in Gaza warned of running out of the fuel in hospital which will affect all the departments in the hospital, noting that the amount of the fuel is sufficient just for three days.

He noted that the most affected units in the hospital are the ICU and Dialysis Department.

He said that in case the hospital is no supplied with a sufficient amount of fuel, the lives of many patients would put at risk of death, noting that the amount of fuel that bumped from Ramallah is not sufficient. 

The spokesperson of Ministry of health, Ashraf al-Qedra stated previously that the hospitals in Gaza affected severely with fuel crisis, pointing out that the hospitals faces tough choices lest it is supplied by fuel.

 

Al-Qedra said that the hospitals need 420,000 liter of fuel monthly in case of eight-hours a day of electricity, explaining that if the power was cut off more than eight hours this means that we need more fuel.

 

He stressed that the real crisis has already began in Mohammed Dura hospital for children, and the scenario will be repeated in other hospitals if the not supplied with fuel.

 

The current electricity deficit in Gaza began with an Israeli airstrike on the GPP in June 2006 and continues to severely disrupt the delivery of basic services, undermining already vulnerable livelihoods and living conditions. Gaza has three sources of electricity: the GPP, which has been operating at approximately half or less of its capacity (60 out of a potential 120 mega watts (MW); and electricity purchased from Israel (120 MW) and Egypt (28 MW), via 13 crossborder feeder lines. Combined, these are able to meet less than 45 per cent of the estimated 470 MW electricity demand. The power supply has been significantly impaired over recent years by various factors, including the lack of funding for fuel for the GPP; the impact of unrepaired damage caused by Israeli attacks on the GPP and power networks; the lack of upgrade to the network; and the recurring malfunctioning or breakdown of the Israeli and Egyptian feeder lines.

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