OIC warns of crisis in Gaza due to shortage of medicines

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GAZA, (PIC)– The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has warned of the collapse of Gaza’s health sector which continues to suffer shortages of two-thirds of medicines in hospitals and medical centers in the Strip.

The Organization said, in its monthly report monitoring the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and issued on Saturday, that there is shortage of more than 305 medications out of 478, in addition to the shortage of medical supplies and most of the humanitarian needs.

The report stated that there is an urgent need to provide shelter for the Palestinian citizens whose houses had been destroyed during the Israeli recent war on Gaza.

It called the OIC member states and the humanitarian organizations to prepare a program and an urgent plan to cope with the deteriorating situation in Gaza, particularly in the health sector, and to support the Gaza reconstruction projects.

The OIC has also pointed to the suffering of the residents of the Gaza Strip due to the acute shortage in cooking gas, of more than 50% of the daily requirement, which threatens an imminent humanitarian crisis.

The OIC report revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities have continued to put restrictions on the commercial traffic in and out of the Gaza Strip, through imposing a total ban on the supply of construction materials to the Strip, except for limited quantities for the benefit of international organizations’ projects.

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