Total collapse of Gaza healthcare ‘imminent,’ warns medical charity

6 February, 2018

The healthcare system in the Gaza Strip is on the brink of “total collapse” and needs urgent action from the international community if it is to survive its current crises, medical charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) warned on Tuesday.
The United Nations Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have launched an emergency appeal for funding, warning that Gaza is on the “verge of disaster”, with emergency fuel stocks only able to sustain critical health, water and sanitation services for the next ten days.Israel’s blockade of the besieged enclave has led to chronic energy and medication shortages, and tightening restrictions on exit permits for Gazans in need of medical care outside of the territory pose critical health risks.