Health ministry stops non-emergency surgeries in Gaza

images_News_2014_06_20_surgery-0_300_0The Palestinian Health Ministry has decided to stop non-emergency surgeries in all hospitals in the Gaza Strip due to the acute shortage of medicines and fuel in light of the recent Israeli military escalation.

Spokesman for the ministry Ashraf Qudra said in a press release on Friday that hospitals in the besieged Strip suffer from an unprecedented acute shortage of medicines and medical supplies, and their fuel needs started to run short.

He confirmed that the scarcity of medicines and medical supplies is still a persistent problem in Gaza despite the formation of the unity government.

He said his ministry’s decision to suspend non-emergency surgeries came as part of a contingency plan aimed at preserving the remaining medical and fuel supplies used by hospitals.

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