The World Health Organization (WHO) reported which provided essential trauma medicines and supported ambulance services to more than 2,000 injured in Gaza, while a cease-fire held between Hamas and Israel after 11 days of rocket fire e air strikes on both sides over the past month.
Triage and treatment
Ten WHO Triage and treatment tents have also been set up outside six emergency departments in Gaza, but the situation remains “unstable,” said Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, head of the WHO office in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).
Hostilities last month resulted in the deaths of 278 Palestinians and over 9,000 wounded, with the loss of 12 Israeli lives and more than 700 wounded. More than 77,000 people in Gaza have been displaced and around 30 health facilities have also been damaged, the WHO said.
COVID threat COVID
With COVID-19 still a threat, the agency reported that it supported the delivery of more than 260,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the territory through the United Nations-led fair distribution of vaccines, COVAX.
As of May 31, 337,191 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,765 deaths have been reported in the OPTs, with an increase in positive cases in Gaza in recent weeks.
“Palestinian lives are deteriorating; many of those affected by the conflict are in urgent need of help and face other health threats such as COVID-19, ”said Dr. Peeperkorn.
On May 20, the WHO appealed for $ 7 million to support its health operations over the next six months.
Funds will focus on trauma and emergency care, mental health and psychosocial services, advocacy and essential health services, including COVID-19.
To date, only $ 2.3 million has been received.
“WHO is working to support the Palestinian health system and its partners in its emergency humanitarian response and calls for the support of the international community in these efforts,” stressed the head of the UN OPT office.