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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02454
Date : 21/11/2011
Caption : Gaza city, Shifa hospital. Ghazi, 68 years old, suffers from kidney failure since 2005. He lives in Beit Lahia, north of Gaza Strip. Three times a week he comes assisted by his son to receive haemodialysis.
Photographer : EL BABA, Iyad
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, Photo gallery, 26-01-2012

Gaza: health care is in danger

In the Gaza Strip, the shortage of essential medical supplies is a major problem for thousands of desperate patients, especially those with kidney failure or cancer. To make matters worse, the power supply is intermittent and the voltage fluctuates. This can disrupt life-saving health care, sometimes forcing patients to restart their treatment..

The dialysis machines are not available at the hospitals of North Gaza, which requires that patients travel from the North to Gaza city, incuring important travel expenses to undergo haemodialysis.

The dialysis department must provide daily services. Some essential drugs land disposables like bloodlines are in constant shortage at the Ministry of Health stores, leaving patients obsessed with the possibility of losing their lives, and the doctors with the feeling of helplessness.

In the Gaza Strip, restrictions on the supply of the essential medical supplies remain the greatest concern for thousands of desperate patients, especially those who suffer from kindney failure and cancer.

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