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Lack of supplies, fuel threatens patients in Gaza

July 31, 2011 12:29 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 1, 2011 11:11 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Medical facilities in the Gaza Strip lack 180 types of medical items as well as fuel, a shortage that poses a real threat to healthcare in the enclave, a health ministry spokesman said Saturday.

Ashraf Al-Qedra denounced the delays that have plagued the healthcare system in Gaza over the past five years, saying the lack of a solution has caused the deaths of dozens of patients.

"The crisis is not limited to medications, as health facilities are suffering severe shortages of fuel that is allowed into Gaza and that are used to operate the generators, a deficit reaching 75 percent," he said.

"The available amounts are barely enough for one or two days, especially with repeated blackouts threatening kidney [treatments] and intensive care, surgeries, open heart, catheterization and child incubation."

He added: "Electricity can’t be cut off from these departments."
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