Gaza health crisis: Increasing power cuts, fuel shortages are threatening closure of essential services [Photos]

According to WHO, increasing power cuts and fuel shortages are creating an impending health crisis in 14 public hospitals of Gaza, threatening the closure of essential health services.

FP Staff July 20, 2017 22:15:11 IST
Ahmed Abbas, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, sleeps as he lies on a hospital bed in Gaza City. According to WHO, increasing power cuts and fuel shortages are creating an impending health crisis for Gaza’s 14 public hospitals, threatening the closure of essential health services which would leave thousands of people without access to life-saving health care. Reuters
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Ahmed Abbas, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, sleeps as he lies on a hospital bed in Gaza City. According to WHO, increasing power cuts and fuel shortages are creating an impending health crisis for Gaza’s 14 public hospitals, threatening the closure of essential health services which would leave thousands of people without access to life-saving health care. Reuters
A patient undergoes dialysis at Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Gaza has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007 after Hamas forces seized control of the territory following a brief civil war with security forces loyal to Mahmoud Abbas, the Western-backed Palestinian president based in the West Bank. Reuters
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A patient undergoes dialysis at Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Gaza has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007 after Hamas forces seized control of the territory following a brief civil war with security forces loyal to Mahmoud Abbas, the Western-backed Palestinian president based in the West Bank. Reuters
An employee checks medicines at a medicine warehouse run by health ministry, in Gaza City. In what is seen as the latest step in an effort to force Hamas to relinquish its control of Gaza, Abbas in June reduced the payments the PA makes to Israel for electricity it supplies to the territory. Reuters
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An employee checks medicines at a medicine warehouse run by health ministry, in Gaza City. In what is seen as the latest step in an effort to force Hamas to relinquish its control of Gaza, Abbas in June reduced the payments the PA makes to Israel for electricity it supplies to the territory. Reuters
The resulting cuts mean that Gaza's two million people now have only 3 to 4 hours of power a day, forcing hospitals and other medical facilities to rely chiefly on generators and expensive fuel, while many private homes just go without. Reuters
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The resulting cuts mean that Gaza's two million people now have only 3 to 4 hours of power a day, forcing hospitals and other medical facilities to rely chiefly on generators and expensive fuel, while many private homes just go without. Reuters
Palestinian girl Rasha al-Bayed, 5, who suffers from cerebral palsy, attends a physiotherapy session at Mabaret Falasteen charity in Gaza City. Without fuel, 40 surgical operation theatres, 11 obstetric operation theatres, 5 haemodialysis centres and hospital emergency departments serving almost 4,000 patients daily will be forced to stop critical services. Reuters
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Palestinian girl Rasha al-Bayed, 5, who suffers from cerebral palsy, attends a physiotherapy session at Mabaret Falasteen charity in Gaza City. Without fuel, 40 surgical operation theatres, 11 obstetric operation theatres, 5 haemodialysis centres and hospital emergency departments serving almost 4,000 patients daily will be forced to stop critical services. Reuters
Palestinian girl Jana Al-Bodi, 5, lies on a bed before nurses remove stitches over her eye at Al Awda Hospital, a private medical facility in the northern Gaza Strip. The spokesman for Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry, Ashraf Al-Qidra, said PA shipments of medicine, especially drugs to treat cancer and cystic fibrosis, have dropped 35 percent since late March. Reuters
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Palestinian girl Jana Al-Bodi, 5, lies on a bed before nurses remove stitches over her eye at Al Awda Hospital, a private medical facility in the northern Gaza Strip. The spokesman for Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry, Ashraf Al-Qidra, said PA shipments of medicine, especially drugs to treat cancer and cystic fibrosis, have dropped 35 percent since late March. Reuters
Palestinian girl Marah Mokat, who fractured her leg, is carried by her father as she waits for medical checks at an outpatient clinic at Shifa hospital, Gaza's largest public medical facility, in Gaza City. A UN report released in July said power shortages are deepening a humanitarian crisis, with hospitals in a precarious condition, water shortages increasing and raw sewage being dumped into the Mediterranean because treatment plants aren't functioning. Reuters
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Palestinian girl Marah Mokat, who fractured her leg, is carried by her father as she waits for medical checks at an outpatient clinic at Shifa hospital, Gaza's largest public medical facility, in Gaza City. A UN report released in July said power shortages are deepening a humanitarian crisis, with hospitals in a precarious condition, water shortages increasing and raw sewage being dumped into the Mediterranean because treatment plants aren't functioning. Reuters