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WHO chief reports catastrophic health crisis in Gaza

Geneva, Switzerland, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) A catastrophic health crisis is presently developing in Gaza, while aid levels to save lives are highly unsufficient, WHO's Regional Director for the Middle East, Hanan Balkhy said.

Regarding the complex situation in Gaza, the World Health Organization (WHO) official warned that at least 7,000 to 11,000 people must be evacuated from Gaza to be treated outside the enclave.

The international community must be aware of the fact that the needs are extremely complex, there are many mutilated people, children requiring prostheses, situations for which primary health care is not enough, stressed Balkhy at a press conference.

He also applauded the adoption of a resolution equalizing the participation of Palestine in the WHO, a country that in its previous status contributed constructively to discussions on regional and health issues.

Balkhy further referred to the severe humanitarian emergency in Sudan, with a conflict that has displaced a staggering 8.1 million people, making it the world’s largest displacement crisis, and where up to 80% of health facilities are not operating and humanitarian access is too limited.

The WHO representative for the Middle East expressed her confidence that diplomacy will take place and come soon to achieve peace in that part of the world, which would go a long way in providing the health care and services these people need.