Essential services on verge of shutdown in Gaza as emergency fuel set to run out

 

Gaza 2018

OCHA/Mustafa El Halabi
Jamie McGoldrick, second from left, the UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, visits a patient at the Al Quds Hospital in Gaza

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. 

Supplies of emergency fuel provided by the United Nations for critical facilities in Gaza are being fast depleted, a senior UN relief official there warned on Sunday.

“At least one hospital has been forced to shut down for a few hours, and services are being dramatically reduced at others,” said Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

“Given ongoing blackouts of about 20 hours a day, if fuel does not come in immediately, people’s lives will be at stake, with the most vulnerable patients, like cardiac patients, those on dialysis, and newborns in intensive care, at highest risk”, he added.

The humanitarian situation in Gaza – controlled by Hamas, a militant Palestinian faction – has been negatively impacted by a blockade of the enclave imposed by Israel.

Since last Monday, the Israeli authorities have prohibited the entry of fuel into Gaza as part of tightened import and export restrictions, reportedly in response to the launch of incendiary kites from Gaza into Israel, which has caused extensive property damage.

Mr. McGoldrick called on Israel to end restrictions preventing the import of fuel and for donors to provide immediate funding for emergency fuel, currently set to run out in early in August.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Al Quds Hospital, which provides life-saving medical interventions for 150,000 people per year, including major surgeries, deliveries and intensive care will be forced to shut down in coming days due to lack of fuel.

Four other hospitals are likely to run out of fuel within the next three days, thus significantly reducing the provision of essential medical services to the population in Gaza.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health already has implemented strict contingency measures: hospitals have reduced diagnostic, sterilization and cleaning services, increasing the risk of infections amongst patients.

Elective surgeries are being further reduced. Over 7,000 elective surgeries have been postponed in recent months due to the mass trauma casualties and low resources available to cope with the demand.

At highest risk, currently, are over 2,000 patients in Gaza’s hospitals, who rely on electrical devices, including neonates in incubators.

Over 1.27 million people would be directly affected by hospital closures and a reduction in the provision of vital health interventions.

Additionally, the reduced functioning of water and sanitation facilities risks an increase in waterborne disease and outbreaks.

“Until more sustainable solutions for the electricity crisis in Gaza are found, two steps can avert further devastation in Gaza in the short term,” said Mr. McGoldrick. “Israel must let fuel and other essential supplies in and donors must mobilize resources to ensure that critical facilities receive the fuel they need.”

An average of 950,000 litres is distributed by the UN each month to around 220 critical hospitals and health clinics; water and sewage treatment sites; and solid waste collection services.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

What the COVID-19 pandemic teaches us about cybersecurity – and how to prepare for the inevitable global cyberattack

DR Congo: Ebola outbreak spreads to eastern ‘no-go’ zone surrounded by rebels

Mozambique’s Beira city ‘returning to life’, elsewhere UN teams assess damage, deliver assistance

Technology is a force for peace and prosperity. Don’t let its challenges obscure this

There isn’t a single country on track to make the UN’s targets for gender equality

Are we sleepwalking into a new global crisis?

How the EU’s new data-sharing strategy could benefit companies

Inegalitarian taxation on labour haunts Europe’s social model

The built environment has a huge role to play in improving health and wellbeing

Why South Africa is on a path of economic renewal

Why the world is not as globalized as you think

Failure to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia is a mistake

How one change to shipping goods could change the way we live

EU citizens disenchanted with Economic and Monetary Union over rising poverty and high unemployment

End Syria fighting to avoid ‘even greater humanitarian catastrophe’

5 shocking facts about inequality, according to Oxfam’s latest report

Nearly $4 billion needed to protect 41 million children from conflict and disaster

Better training ‘a necessary and strategic investment’ in peacekeeping that saves lives: Guterres

Central African Republic: UN chief hails signing of new peace agreement

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Women boost work profits, saving biodiversity, UK loses Chagos Islands vote, Gaza funding, malaria-free in Argentina, Algeria

Data show EU Economy in a stubbornly subdued state

These 5 start-ups are shaping the future of Africa’s cities

Alcohol abuse kills three million people a year, most of them men – WHO report

Business leaders join UN to rev up sustainable development investments

Job automation risks vary widely across different regions within countries

Victim-centred laws ‘paramount’ to combat online sexual abuse against children

Mosquitoes kill more people every day than sharks do in a century

FROM THE FIELD: Stopping aquatic hitchhikers to safeguard environments at sea

UN chief hopes for new agreement after Israel concludes international observation mission

South Korea once recycled 2% of its food waste. Now it recycles 95%

World food security increasingly at risk due to ‘unprecedented’ climate change impact, new UN report warns

Campaign kicks off with High-level Event on #FairInternships

This is what great leadership looks like in the digital age

800,000 people commit suicide every year: WHO

These are the most innovative cities in the world

Indigenous peoples ‘lag behind on all social and economic indicators’: UN deputy human rights chief

MWC 2016 LIVE: Ford trumpets new in-vehicle system, “fundamentally rethinks” transportation

UN envoy says he ‘is ready to go to Idlib’ to help ensure civilian safety amid rising fears of government offensive

UN migration agency: young Rohingya girls, largest group of trafficking victims in camps

Human rights ‘core to sustainable development’: deputy UN chief

A UN-backed boost for women-run businesses in the developing world

Conflict, climate change among factors that increase ‘desperation that enables human trafficking to flourish’, says UN chief

Camino de Santiago – a global community on our doorstep

European Youth cries out: Sustainable Development Goals ambitious, but lack focus on youth

“A divided Europe is not in China’s interests”, Ambassador Zhang of the Chinese Mission to EU welcomes Brussels

Why we need to redefine trust for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

How two colossal Assyrian icons were recreated using digital tech

Things are bad and getting worse for South Africa. Or are they?

6 of the world’s 10 most polluted cities are in India

Iceland won’t talk with Brussels about EU accession

Competing with Apple and leading innovation: Google’s world replies to EU on android charges

Workers want flexibility. After COVID, they just might get it: Poll

Myanmar Government side-lining democratic reform, resorting to military era repression: UN expert

It’s just electronic cigarette, don’t worry?

Europe must remember its past to build its future

Haitian Foreign Minister calls for development reboot to close ‘striking gap’ between promises and action on ending poverty

How Germany strives to mold ECB’s monetary policy to her interests

‘Informing is not a crime’ UN chief calls for better protection of journalists, press freedom

Idai disaster: Stranded victims still need rescue from heavy rains as UN scales up response

Stop violence against women: Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s