These warnings came during a march of ambulances organized by the Ministry of Health in Gaza, which included lists of messages in Hebrew and English, rejecting the occupation’s continued prevention of the entry of necessary medical equipment into the hospitals in the city.
Ashraf al-Qudra, the spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, said that for 394 days, the Israeli occupation has been controlling diagnostic medical devices and obstructing their access to hospitals in the Gaza Strip, which increases the suffering of Palestinian patients.
Al-Qudra explained that the Israeli occupation prevents the entry of the interventional catheterization device, and this device allows medical staff to save stroke patients from death and paralysis.
It also prevents the entry of four mobile X-ray machines of type C-arm, and these devices allow the diagnosis of bone and fracture conditions inside the operating rooms.
The Israeli occupation prevents the entry of three digital basic X-ray machines, and these devices allow the diagnosis of hundreds of disease cases.
It also refuses to enter a mobile X-ray device, which enables the diagnosis and imaging of intensive care patients and patients who are unable to move due to old age and complex fractures in hospital inpatient departments.
Al-Qudra added that the Israeli occupation also prevents the entry of spare parts for broken medical devices in the hospitals of the Gaza Strip. Thus, they have become out of service due to the Israeli occupation’s intransigence in entering spare parts for repair, which deprives thousands of patients of them.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health affirmed that the Israeli occupation is intransigent in bringing in diagnostic devices and spare parts for broken medical devices and uses unjustified procrastination methods, despite all the demands for the entry of medical and diagnostic devices that have been completed by the supplying companies to ensure the ease and speed of their arrival to hospitals.
The Ministry of Health clarified that the occupation’s intransigence in allowing immediate diagnostic and interventional devices to reach the hospitals of the Gaza Strip exposes patients with tumors, heart diseases, strokes, complex fractures, and intensive care patients to health risks because they are deprived of devices that identify health problems and required medical interventions.
It pointed out that the Israeli occupation deliberately attacks the patients of the Gaza Strip and deprives them of their treatment rights guaranteed by international humanitarian law, and it bears full responsibility for the patients’ lives and providing what is necessary for their treatment.
The Ministry of Health called on the international community and international humanitarian organizations to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to allow medical and diagnostic equipment and spare parts for broken devices to enter Gaza to save the life of patients by providing their full treatment needs.