WHO Announces Resumption of Gaza's Al-Aqsa Hospital Operations

WHO Announces Resumption of Gaza's Al-Aqsa Hospital Operations

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that Al-Aqsa Hospital in central Gaza has resumed operation, run by 300 doctors and 400 nurses, from only five doctors a month ago.

WHO said it has delivered to the hospital enough medicines and vaccines for about 3,700 people, supplies to treat injuries, and supplies and medicines for about 3,000 childbirths, provided by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The hospital has 270 beds and is currently treating 400 patients. Also, 5,000 displaced people sought refuge there. Two adjacent schools had to be allocated to accommodate an additional 300 patients, said WHO, which stressed that the hospital is still in urgent need of additional beds, surgical equipment, anesthetics, and kidney dialysis supplies.

The organization called for the protection of health facilities in Gaza, asked that they not be targeted, and asked for safe access to health services for the population amid the collapse of the health system in Gaza Strip.