WHO delivers aid to north of Gaza for 1st time in 2 weeks, says Tedros

AFP , Wednesday 29 May 2024

A World Health Organization mission reached the north of Gaza for the first time in more than two weeks, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

WHO Surgeon Dr Athanasios Gargavanis
WHO Surgeon Dr Athanasios Gargavanis speaking of the mission that delivered fuel, hospital beds, medicines and other medical supplies to the Al-Ahli hospital, in Gaza under the brutal Israeli war.

 

The mission delivered fuel, hospital beds, medicines, and other medical supplies to the Al-Ahli hospital, Tedros announced on X.

"Amid ongoing intense hostilities, @WHO and partners still managed to reach Al-Ahli Hospital in #Gaza city. The first mission to the north of the Strip since 13 May," said Tedros.

He said the supplies were enough to cover the needs of 1,500 people but insisted that much more was needed.

"Al-Ahli hospital is serving twice the number of people it is designed for, lacking essential surgical supplies, and salaries for the staff," said Tedros.

"No lifesaving surgery can be performed in the evening due to the lack of specialised staff."

Tedros said the WHO was trying to deploy "an emergency medical team" there.

The WHO delivered 15,000 litres of fuel, which is essential for the generators that produce the hospital's electricity, 14 hospital beds, medicines and trauma supplies.

The mission also escorted five ambulances from the Palestinian Red Crescent society to the north of the territory.

However, it was unable to reach a second hospital due to delays at a checkpoint.

Missions to the north of Gaza have been complicated by the bombardment of the territory by Israeli occupation forces since last October.

Aid missions lack fuel for vehicles while many roads have been destroyed, Tedros said, renewing his calls for a ceasefire in the war.

Israel's brutal military war on the Gaza Strip since Oct.7, has killed at least 36,171 people, most of them women and children, with more than 81,000 others wounded, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

 

 

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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