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WHO describes health, humanitarian situation in Gaza as critical

Geneva, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, described the health and humanitarian situation in Gaza as critical, which he considered a devastated dead zone.

According to Dr. Ghebreysus, health and humanitarian conditions in Gaza are inhumane and continue to worsen.

“More than 29,000 people have died. Many remain unaccounted for, presumed dead, and many, many more are wounded. Cases of malnutrition have skyrocketed dramatically since the beginning of the war,” Dr. Ghebreysus said.

WHO also warned that the killing heat in Gaza could further aggravate displaced Palestinians’ health issues, while the World Food Program (WFP) warned that a huge public health crisis is looming in Gaza as a result of a lack of clean water, food and medical supplies.

We have recently seen massive displacement and we know the heat can lead to an increase in disease, said WHO representative for Gaza and the West Bank, Richard Peeperkorn.

“We have contaminated water and we will have much more food spoilage because of the high temperatures. We will have mosquitoes and flies, and also dehydration,” he warned.