Situation Report: occupied Palestinian territory (20 – 31 January 2019)

Report
from World Health Organization, Health Cluster
Published on 31 Jan 2019 View Original

Highlights

  • During the reporting period from 20 to 31 January 2019, three Palestinians were killed, and 368 were injured1 . Out of which, 207 were referred to hospitals.

  • Since the start of the mass demonstrations in Gaza on 30 March 2018, 261 people have been killed and a total of 27,942 people injured. 13,174 were treated and discharged from the Trauma Stabilization Points (TSPs) and the remaining 14,768 casualties were transferred to MoH and NGO hospitals. 6,386 people had live ammunition gunshot wounds, of which 5,561 (87%) presented limb gunshot wounds .

  • As the current fuel reserve for hospitals declines, mitigation measures continue to affect the health system, such as reduced sterilization, diagnostic imaging, cleaning, laundry and catering services. However, the Electricity Distributing Company has connected some of the hospitals with extra grid lines, which has in turn decreased the dependency on fuel to run-backup generators; in addition, ad-hoc donations from various charities have prevented the closure of hospitals. Meanwhile, the MoH continues to highlight the potential threat facing the health sector, if the remaining fuel gets completely depleted.

  • Chronic shortages of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies at all facility levels continue to pose major challenges for health services.

  • The Health Cluster requires $32 million USD to response to humanitarian needs in the oPt. The Humanitarian Response Plan for the Health Cluster will target 900,000 people out of the 1.2 million identified as acutely in need of humanitarian health assistance.