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Drug shortage forces Gaza hospitals to suspend life-saving surgeries

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Gaza1July4GAZA (PNIC):-Gaza's main hospitals have run out of much-needed drugs and kit for surgeries and are about to suspend all urgent surgeries due to an Israeli blockade of its borders.

In a Monday statement, the Gaza-based Palestinian Ministry’s spokesman Ashraf al-Qidrah warned that surgeries and emergency services at Gaza’s hospitals are to be suspended in the next few days as a result of the acute dearth in medicines, medical items, and lab materials.

A few days ago, cleaning companies operating at Gaza hospitals announced a strike due to a salary-cut for the fourth month running. The strike was ended after the Health Minister pledged to shell out their salaries.

Israel has severely restricted the flow of cargo and people through Gaza's crossings, declaring Gaza a hostile entity and a blockaded area for over a decade’s time.

In the absence of drugs, anesthetics, and urgent medical referrals (blocked by the Palestinian Authority, chaired by Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli occupation authorities), patients in the Gaza enclave have to wait for months, and even years, to undergo life-saving surgeries. Dozens have died halfway through.

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