Hospital ‘running out of essential supplies’ as it tries to care for up to 200 new patients per day
A Gaza hospital is short of essential supplies as it struggles to treat up to 200 new patients every day, an aid organization has warned.
Al Aqsa Hospital in central Gaza is one of the few medical facilities still operational in the Gaza Strip and has been overwhelmed by the number of injured.
Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, has staff working and living there, and said about 700 patients are currently under their care.
Despite this, he said fuel and medical supplies had reached “extremely low levels” due to road closures preventing their delivery.
“Al Aqsa hospital has received an average of 150 to 200 war-wounded patients daily since December 1,” the statement said.
“We lack essential equipment to treat them,” added Marie-Aure Perreaut Revial, the organization’s emergency coordinator in Gaza.
“Shortages of medicines and fuel could prevent the hospital from providing life-saving surgeries or intensive care.
“Without electricity, ventilators would stop working, blood donations would have to stop, sterilization of surgical instruments would be impossible.”
Gaza has been without electricity since early October and Israel has severely limited its fuel imports, forcing several hospitals to close because they cannot run backup generators.