Palestinian health ministry in Gaza says run out of children's vaccines

AFP , Wednesday 13 Dec 2023

The Palestinian health ministry in the Gaza Strip said Wednesday it had exhausted its supply of children's vaccines, warning of "catastrophic health repercussions".

Young Palestinians sit outside on mattresses covered with plastic at a camp for displaced people in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip where most civilians have taken refuge, Photo: AFP


The announcement came more than two months into the Israeli war on Gaza as international aid organisations have warned about the dire conditions in the crowded Palestinian territory.

The ministry did not specify which vaccinations had run out.

Tedros Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, warned Sunday that "Gaza's health system is on its knees and collapsing," with 14 of 36 hospitals only partially functioning and supplies running low.

"The risk is expected to worsen with the deteriorating situation and approaching winter conditions," he said.

The Palestinian health ministry called on international institutions to deliver urgently needed vaccines "to prevent disaster".

Israel has waged a 68-day war against Gaza killing over 18,412 people, mostly women and children, and injured 50,100, according to the last figures released by the Palestinian health ministry.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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