Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gaza health ministry reduces use of ambulance, health services to the minimum



Gaza, (PIC)-- The Health ministry in Gaza has decided to reduce the use of ambulance vehicles and other health services to the minimum due to the lack of enough fuel.
Ashraf Al-Qudra, the ministry’s spokesman, said in a statement on Thursday that the ministry took this decision as part of its power crisis management tactics.
He said that the increasing hours of electricity outages, around 12 hours daily, were depleting the ministry’s fuel stores as generators are used for more hours to meet the needs of the hospitals, blood banks, primary care centers, and laboratories.
Qudra noted that the increasing working hours for the generators were exhausting them and led to round the clock maintenance.
The spokesman urged the World Health Organization, the Red Cross, and international humanitarian and health institutions to immediately act to stabilize the health system in the Strip and to protect the patients’ right of treatment as stipulated in the universal declaration for human rights.
He appealed to the Egyptian leadership to expedite solving the Gaza power and fuel crisis and to register an honorable position that would go down in the annals of history.
Gaza health ministry reduces use of ambulance, health services to the minimum