Alaa Helis, Director of Hospital Pharmacy at the Ministry of Health, issued a dire warning on Saturday, September 16, regarding the potential suspension of kidney dialysis services in Gaza’s hospitals.
This looming crisis stems from a severe shortage of essential medical supplies crucial for conducting dialysis procedures.
In a statement, Helis stressed the gravity of the situation, emphasizing that the lives of 1,100 kidney failure patients in Gaza, including 38 children, are hanging in the balance.
These patients depend on three kidney dialysis sessions per week to eliminate toxins from their frail bodies and sustain their lives.
Helis revealed that central warehouses have been completely depleted of indispensable medical supplies needed for kidney dialysis, including filters, cannulas, and blood tubes.
He pointed out that the available supplies in hospital dialysis units can only cover patients’ needs for a mere ten days at most.
Highlighting the critical role played by the Ministry of Health’s hospitals, which provide more than 13,000 kidney dialysis sessions monthly, Helis called upon all relevant stakeholders to take immediate action to secure the required medical supplies. The uninterrupted provision of this life-saving service is paramount.
The healthcare sector in Palestine has been grappling with a marked deterioration and shortages in medical supplies, a situation exacerbated by Israeli policies and the nearly 17-year-long Israeli blockade on Gaza.