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Quality of medical services is in decline in Gaza, says UN official

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1788 (Published 31 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1788
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The quality of medical services in the Gaza Strip has deteriorated since the attack last year by Israel, because of the continuing blockade, and the population is suffering from “a high level of misery,” a United Nations humanitarian official has said.

    The blockade is affecting the delivery of drug supplies, spare parts for medical equipment, and fuel for back-up hospital generators to cope with frequent power cuts, he said, and patients awaiting specialist treatment in neighbouring Israel were not being allowed to go there.

    Restriction in the import of essential construction materials is delaying the rebuilding of hospitals and primary health facilities damaged during the attack, the official said.

    “When it comes to Gaza there is still a high level of undignified life for Palestinians and little reconstruction,” said Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian …

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