Hospitals in Gaza struggle to cope with large influx of wounded patients

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 30 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3177
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    International relief agencies led by the World Health Organization have dispatched urgently needed medical supplies to the Gaza Strip’s overstretched hospitals to help them cope with the large influx of people wounded in the ongoing attacks from Israel. Aid experts have said that they fear a humanitarian catastrophe if casualties continue to swell.

    “The inability of hospitals to cope with a problem of this magnitude, if the situation continues unchanged, will result in a surge in preventable deaths from complications due to trauma. Civilians are paying the price for the prolonged blockade,” WHO warned.

    Palestinians say that 360 people, including at least 62 women and children, have been killed and more than 1600 people have been wounded since Israel began its assault on Gaza on 27 December. The attacks, which have included air strikes, are aimed …

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