WHO Situation Report, occupied Palestinian territory, Gaza, June 2019
- From 01 to 30 June 2019, a total of 561 Palestinians were injured.
- According to the MoH, since the start of the demonstrations in Gaza, 312 people have been killed including 61 children and 32,934 injured. WHO was able to verify patients records of 30,135 injured people and 313 deaths. 7,215 people have suffered from gunshot wounds, of which 6,309 (87%) presented limb wounds.
- In June, 50% out of the essential medications were reported at less than one-month supply at the MoH Central Drug Store (CDS); out of which 47% were completely depleted.
- The electricity situation has improved given the recent efforts to connect the grid lines to nine out of the 14 public hospitals. These hospitals now have access to up to 22 hours of electricity every day.
- In order to respond to respond to the growing health needs in Gaza, the Health Cluster requires a total of $ 28.2 million. Out of this, $ 16.2 million has been received, leaving a funding gap of $ 12 million. Further information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2HWPjwz. An additional $1.5 million is required to ensure the minimum needed resources are available to prepare for and respond to the first 96 hours of a potential escalation.
- The Health Cluster oPt Humanitarian Response Plan, requires $42 million USD and only 30% has been funded by the end of June 2019.
Emergency Response Activities
- WHO delivered 49 consumable items and 8 types of medical instruments to MoH and PRCS trauma stabilization points. WHO is also continuing to equip the limb reconstruction unit in Nasser Hospital. WHO also delivered 5 psychotropic drug items to the MoH Central Drug Store that are estimated to benefit more than 17,000 patients.
- Doctors Worldwide – Turkey (DWWT) provided 2,827 treatment sessions for 289 beneficiaries, including 1,294 nursing treatment sessions, 521 medical examinations, 874 physiotherapy and 138 psychosocial support sessions.
- MSF – France admitted 47 trauma patients and conducted 68 surgical procedures benefitting 25 people and conducted 6,340 wound dressings and 4,555 physiotherapy sessions. Since April 2018, MSF-F provided services to 4,456 injured patients.
- Hayfa Hospital provided first aid for more than 50 cases in the field and transferred 33 injured patients to the TSPs. The hospital also provided 88 patients with wound dressings and follow-up care for 34 injured patients.
- National Center for Community Rehabilitation (NCCR) provided 732 multidisciplinary postoperative care sessions, including medical examination, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychological support and nursing for 139 patients. NCCR distributed 17 assistive devices.
- Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP – UK) supported the local limb reconstruction team to conduct 39 clinical assessments. Additionally, 7 limb reconstruction surgeries were conducted (5 Shifa and 2 EGH). MAP deployed a limb reconstruction mission from 16-20 June, where a team of 7 surgeons from UK joined the local teams in Shifa and EGH. The total number of cases seen andexamined by the mission was 74, while a total of 12 limb reconstruction surgeries were operated. MAP– UK funded by the oPt HF, delivered a total of 19 drugs, 11 disposables and 3 lab reagents to the MoH expected to benefit 72,840 patients. A further 12 drugs and 1 disposables item were prepositioned, expected to benefit 4,309 patients.
- Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC) teams provided first aid and emergency health services to 13 cases. 13 cases were transferred to the emergency department of Al-Awda Hospital for further interventions.
- United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) provided 104 injured people with surgical dressings and medication, bringing the total of beneficiaries since the start of the demonstrations to 6,119 patients.
- Physicians for Human Rights–Israel (PHRI) sent a truck to Gaza on the 27th June containing 21 different types of medical equipment, devices and medicines.
- Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) provided first aid to 229 people injured during the demonstrations, out of which 20 were shot with live bullets. PMRS added 18 new patients to their postoperative care services, raising the total of beneficiaries to 1,268. PMRS also distributed 31 assistive devices. Since the start of demonstrations, PMRS has provided first aid services to 7,007 casualties.
- Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) teams provided first aid services to 566 casualties including 81 live ammunition, 268 tear gas suffocation cases, and 90 tear gas canister wounds. PRCS’ Psychosocial Support Team offered Psychological First Aid (PFA) to more than 274 wounded persons and their families and 82 emergency providers in the Gaza Strip. PRCS Hospitals received and treated 27 cases at Al Quds hospital.
- Humanity and Inclusion (HI) in partnership with four local organizations (Baitona for community development in North Gaza, Palestinian Avenir for Childhood foundation in Gaza, National Society for Rehabilitation in both Middle Area and Khan Younis, EL-Amal Rehabilitation Society in Rafah) has mobilized 10 multidisciplinary outreach teams constituting of 50 rehabilitation professionals. HI and partners assessed a total of 74 persons with injuries, out of whom 36 have received multidisciplinary rehabilitative services. 35 persons with injuries have been readmitted to receive other cycles of rehabilitation intervention. Those injured benefitted from 1,728 multidisciplinary sessions, HI has also distributed 35 assistive devices including wheelchairs, elbow and axillary crutches, and anti-bed sore mattresses. HI conducted 74 family raising awareness sessions on social inclusion to the targeted beneficiaries.
- Assalama Society provided 213 injured patients with assistive devices and 928 with medication. Assalama also performed 430 Physiotherapy sessions and 94 wound dressing sessions and the outreach teams provided 124 patients with physiotherapy and 273 patients with wound dressings