Gaza care centers on verge of closure: Health Ministry
100 of 143 basic drug types ‘no longer available’, ministry official says
By Hidayah al-Saidi
GAZA CITY, Palestine
Gaza’s Health Ministry has warned that ministry-run primary healthcare centers are on the verge of halting their services due to severe medicine shortages.
"These shortages threaten health services provided to the public through primary-care centers," Maher Shamiyya, director-general of the ministry's primary healthcare department, said at a press conference held in Gaza City on Monday.
He went on to point out that at least 100 basic drug types -- out of 143 -- were “no longer available”.
Gaza’s Health Ministry suffers from a severe shortage of medicine and medical equipment due to a crippling Israeli blockade on the enclave imposed since 2007.
Home to two million people, the Gaza Strip has a total of 13 ministry-run hospitals and 54 primary