WHO / GAZA UNRWA SHELTER

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A health worker at UNWRA shelter in west of Khan Younis said, “The cases we face daily: burns, wounds, and possible fractures. We always face a shortage of all medical tools, capabilities, and treatments in all fields.” WHO

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STORY: WHO / GAZA UNRWA SHELTER
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DATELINE: 27 NOVEMBER 2023, KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA

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1. Various shots of patients being treated at the shelter medical point at UNWRA shelter in west of Khan Younis
2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Al-Hakima Nibal Iyad Hammad, health worker:
“The cases we face daily: burns, wounds, and possible fractures. We always face a shortage of all medical tools, capabilities, and treatments in all fields.”
3. Various shots, patients being treated at the shelter medical point at UNWRA shelter in west of Khan Younis
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Bassam Zaqout, Palestinian Medical Relief Society:
“We work here daily at the medical point, and deal with approximately two hundred sick cases a day. The cases are diverse but most are of the hygiene related diseases: polluted water that people use to clean up, lack of soap and hygiene products, which result in tonsillitis infections and digestive system diseases. Secondly, the polluted drinking water which results in severe diarrhea cases.”
5. Various external shots of the shelter, tents and children
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Bassam Zaqout, Palestinian Medical Relief Society:
“We are afraid that if these weather conditions continue, these will turn into pneumonias and even meningitis.”
7. Various shots, patients being treated at the shelter medical point
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Internally Displayed Person:
“Of course, it’s due to the weather conditions that my daughter is sick. We are living in tents, rain, wind, and the tent literally blew away from us. The conditions are harsh, and it ended up making the kids sick.”
9. Various shots, young patient being examined at the shelter medical point


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A health worker at UNWRA shelter in west of Khan Younis, Al-Hakima Nibal Iyad Hammad, said, “The cases we face daily: burns, wounds, and possible fractures. We always face a shortage of all medical tools, capabilities, and treatments in all fields.”

According to WHO, only 15 of Gaza’s 36 hospitals are still functioning at all, but are completely overwhelmed. Of the 25 hospitals north of the Wadi Gaza before the conflict began, only three are functioning at the most basic level, but they lack fuel, water and food.

Dr Bassam Zaqout, representative of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, said, “We work here daily at the medical point, and deal with approximately two hundred sick cases a day. The cases are diverse but most are of the hygiene related diseases: polluted water that people use to clean up, lack of soap and hygiene products, which result in tonsillitis infections and digestive system diseases. Secondly, the polluted drinking water which results in severe diarrhea cases.”

She continued, “We are afraid that if these weather conditions continue, these will turn into pneumonias and even meningitis.”
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