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Reference : V-P-IL-E-03157
Date : 04/06/2018
Caption : Gaza. Violence escalated in the border area of Gaza at the end of March. Father of three, this man is the main breadwinner for his family. Since he was injured and released from hospital, his family cares for him at home. “We try to help him the best we can”, his mother says. “But everybody is confused and we don’t always know what to do.”
Photographer : SYNENKO, Alyona
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, 06.08.2018, Article: “Violence escalated in the border area of Gaza at the end of March, resulting in dozens of deaths and thousands of wounded, many by live ammunition.
Hospitals, overwhelmed by a series of influxes of injured people, reached the limit of their capacity.
Medical staff soon faced uneasy dilemmas: either discharge patients early or have no space to receive new ones. The burden that hospitals could not handle fell on the shoulders of the families, adding emotional, financial and logistical stress to already difficult lives.
"We estimate there are over 1,300 people with complex, sometimes multiple injuries that will require at least three to five surgeries each. The recovery period may take months or even years and we believe some 400 will remain with temporary or permanent disability," says Dr. Gabriel Salazar, health coordinator in Gaza for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
To support Gaza hospitals, the ICRC has opened a fully equipped 50-bed capacity surgical ward in an existing empty building in Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital in Gaza.
The 11-member ICRC surgical team is working side by side with the local medical team.”
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