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Gaza's health system close to collapse: Ministry

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Gaza8Aug6GAZA (PNIC):-Spokesman for Gaza's Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qedra, on Friday said that Gaza's health system is on the verge of collapse as hospitals in the besieged territory are expected to face a total power blackout by the end of February.

Al-Qedra said in a press statement that the Ministry has been forced to cut back on some basic services in an effort to optimize the use of the remaining amount of fuel.

According to al-Qedra, the Palestinian Authority (PA) government two weeks ago announced the allocation of one million shekels for the fuel needed to operate Gaza's hospitals for ten days, yet no actual steps have been witnessed on the ground. He pointed out that such grant requires at least 3 months of coordination with the UN bodies.

He called on all Palestinian and concerned parties to work to save health institutions in Gaza.

Gaza's Ministry of Health in the past few days has been forced to close a hospital and seven medical centers due to the acute fuel shortage plaguing the Gaza Strip and the PA government's failure to fulfill its responsibilities of providing fuel and medical supplies to the Ministry.

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