WHO delivers medical supplies to scale up trauma care in Gaza

Gaza The World Health Organization (WHO) delivered essential medicines, medical consumables and equipment to respond to the growing trauma and emergency care needs in the Gaza Strip.

WHO stated that supplies, made possible through a generous contribution the European Union, will be used to enhance the ability of the 10 trauma stabilization points (TSPs), run by Ministry of Health and the Palestine Red Crescent Society, to provide life- and limb-saving care to those injured during demonstrations and protests.

Resource gaps in trauma care may lead to preventable long-term disability or even worse health outcomes,” said Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub, head of WHO’s office for the occupied Palestinian territory, adding that WHO and humanitarian health partners are working together to ensure that TSPs have the capacity to stabilize patients, to decrease the risk of preventable trauma complications or the loss of limbs, and to ensure better health outcomes.

In addition to the massive existing trauma needs, the upcoming one-year anniversary of the “Great March of Return” may result in more casualties.

WHO and health cluster partners developed a contingency plan to address the health needs within the 96-hours of a potential escalation of the situation in Gaza and to prevent death and disability. To further boost all levels of trauma care, WHO recently appealed for $5.3 million.

Source: International Islamic News Agency