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Poor quality water is among the WHO's concerns for Palestinians' health

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 05 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:735
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The quality of water and poor standards of sanitation in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel are a cause of “grave concern,” according to the director general of the World Health Organization.

    In a report published last week Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland said that, despite a resolution passed by the WHO assembly in May calling on her to visit the territories to assess the situation, she has “not been given the opportunity to pay a visit.” According to a spokeswoman the Israeli government had made it clear that it would not let Dr Brundtland visit to carry out her investigation, although discussions were ongoing.

    However, she has based her latest report, which takes account of the escalation of the conflict in the area since March and further …

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