|[ 10/01/2011 – 08:18 AM ]|
GAZA, (PIC)– The Gaza Health Ministry warned Sunday that the Strip will run out of dialysis solution and insulin in days.
“The drug deficit has reached more than 40 per cent in the warehouses. There are 165 missing medical consumables,” the ministry’s General Directorate of Pharmaceuticals said.
The Health Ministry has held its counterpart in the PA-governed West Bank responsible for the shortage and accused it of withholding essential medicines.
Only 37 per cent of required medical supplies reached the Strip in 2010, the Health Ministry said, warning that a medical disaster affecting thousands of patients could befall the Gaza Strip at any moment.
Since Israel tightened its economic siege of the region four years back, 378 Palestinians have died from lack of medicines and being prohibited to get treatment abroad.
In a separate development, the Ministry of Health has announced that the Gaza Strip is free of the swine flu, caused by the H1N1 virus.
Several people were recorded to have been infected with the virus in the neighboring areas of the West Bank, Jordan, and more.
“No case of the virus has reached us. We are prepared to cope with such cases,” the ministry’s undersecretary Dr. Hassan Khalaf told the Quds Press.
Gaza was the last place in the world affected by the virus.