Israel bans carbon dioxide delivery to Gaza hospitals

Israel banned anaesthetic gas from entering the Gaza Strip last month

Israeli occupation has prevented delivery of carbon dioxide to the Palestinian hospitals in Gaza Strip, Palestinian ministry of health said on Wednesday.

WHO called for the Israeli occupation to maintain the humanitarian needs of the Gaza residents far away from the strict siege has been in place for more than ten years

Israeli occupation has prevented delivery of carbon dioxide to the Palestinian hospitals in Gaza Strip, Palestinian ministry of health said on Wednesday.

According to a statement by the ministry of health, the stock of carbon dioxide needed for fridges and ventilators and many other medical equipment is running out soon.

“This will worsen the already bad condition of the healthcare sector,” the statement said, stressing that many of the medical facilities would shut down.

Therefore, the statement added, many of scheduled laparoscopic and ophthalmic surgeries would not be carried out.

World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that it had been trying to put pressure on Israel in order to resume delivering this necessary gas.

Gaza hospitals, WHO said, consume approximately between 150 to 200 kilograms of carbon dioxide every month.

The international body called for the Israeli occupation to maintain the humanitarian needs of the Gaza residents far away from the strict siege has been in place for more than ten years.

Who has called for keeping humanitarian issues aside from political conflicts to save lives of patients and heal their pain.

Reported by: Riham Shehada

(Source / 23.03.2017)

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