Gaza is running out of medicines as Egypt limits movement through the Rafah crossing

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 25 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5821

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  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Palestinian officials in Gaza have urged Egypt to ease border restrictions and avert a humanitarian crisis in the territory where medicine stocks are running out, fuel shortages threaten to close down the country’s power plant, and patients are being barred from travelling abroad for treatment.

According to Gaza’s ministry of health, 30% of essential medicines (145 items out of 500) and 51% of medical disposables have run out since July when Egyptian authorities began limiting movement through the Rafah crossing, Gaza’s main route to the outside world.1 More than half of chemotherapy drugs and ophthalmic drugs are at zero.

Gaza’s health minister, Mufid al-Mekhalilati, has told local journalists that “stocks of 100 medicines are about to run out.” …

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