Description official in Global Health Organization Yesterday, Wednesday, the conditions in the sector’s hospitals Gaza Which is still working, as miserable; Where patients wait to “die” due to severe shortages of staff and supplies.
Emergency Medical Team Coordinator Sean Casey said that during the five weeks he spent in Gaza, he saw daily in hospitals “people with severe burns and multiple open fractures waiting hours or days” to receive treatment.
He added to reporters at the United Nations headquarters in New York: “They would often ask me for food or water… and this shows the level of desperation.”
He pointed out that he was able to visit 6 of the 16 operating hospitals in Gaza, out of the 36 medical centers that were operating in the Strip before the outbreak of the war.
He said, “What I personally saw was a rapid deterioration in the health system, in addition to a rapid increase in the level of humanitarian aid and the disappearance of the level of humanitarian aid entry, especially to the areas in the northern Gaza Strip.”
He described how he saw patients in the north “waiting to die in a hospital that lacked fuel, electricity and water.”
“We tried every day for 7 days to deliver fuel and supplies to northern Gaza City,” Casey said, adding, “Every day, these requests to conduct coordinated movements were rejected.”
Casey said hospitals are facing a flood of patients while operating with minimal staff, many of whom, like the vast majority of Gazans, have been displaced from their homes.
He added that hospital directors were telling him how their surgeons couldn't perform surgeries because they were out collecting firewood to make fires and cook for their families.
The death toll in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Israeli aggression since October 7 rose to 24,448 martyrs, the majority of whom were women, boys and children, according to the latest tally of the Ministry of Health of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
Echoing similar calls made by World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Casey said the most urgent need in Gaza “is actually a ceasefire.”
“Anything short of that is simply meeting needs on a daily basis,” he added.
In the south, Casey said he visited the Nasser Medical Complex, where “there were only 30% of workers left (…) and patients were everywhere in the corridors on the floor.”
He added, “I went to the burns unit, where there was one doctor treating 100 patients.”
Casey said, “The humanitarian catastrophe that is unfolding is getting worse every day,” in addition to “the collapse of the health system day after day.”