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Palestinian Ministry of Health prepares shipment of medical supplies to Gaza Strip

July 2, 2018 6:14 P.M. (Updated: July 4, 2018 3:39 P.M.)

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced on Monday to have began processing a shipment full of vaccines, cancer medicine, and required medical aid, which will be distributed to several warehouses in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Jawad Awad stated in a statement that an urgent shipment of medicines and vaccines worth one million dollars, have been prepared to be shipped to the Gaza Strip.

The distribution of the medical shipment is expected to reach the besieged coastal enclave on Tuesday, from the ministry’s warehouses in the northern West Bank district of Nablus to the Gaza Strip.

Minister Awad stressed that the ministry is constantly working on providing their best efforts while treating patients in both the West Bank and Gaza, and to equip all hospitals with much needed medical supplies and medication.

Prior to these efforts, several doctors in Gaza warned the ministry about the shortage of medication or medical supplies available to the residents and called upon the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to immediately intervene to ensure the immediate supply of necessary medications and medical consignment into the Gaza Strip.

The majority of the more than 1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are sealed inside the coastal enclave due to the continuation of a near-decade long military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.

The destruction from three Israeli offensives over the past six years, including damage to the enclave’s water, sanitation, energy, and medical facilities, coupled with slow reconstruction due to the blockade led the UN in September to warn that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” by 2020.
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