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Epidemic feared in Gaza sheltering centers as skin infections spread
Published Wednesday 27/08/2014 (updated) 28/08/2014 21:49
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Displaced Gaza residents in sheltering centers are suffering from dangerous skin infections which could become a epidemic as a result of water shortage, the Ministry of Health says.

Speaking to Ma'an, the director of the chronic diseases department said about 50 percent of Gazans who live in sheltering centers suffer from skin problems such as fungal infections, scabies and lice.

The main reason for such infections, added Dr Kamal Shakhra, is the severe water shortage.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health has shipped truckloads of medicines for skin conditions from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. In addition, a delegation of four dermatologists from the West Bank has been checking hundreds of people in the sheltering centers.

The severe water shortage and the fact that too many people sleep in small rooms helps spread the diseases quickly, so a dermatologist should be available in each sheltering center day and night, added Dr Shakhra.

For his part, Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awwad told Ma’an that his ministry contacted several international organizations and donors to try and provide medicines for all Gaza residents who were injured or those who suffered different infections during the war on Gaza.

The ministry is following up with the health situation in Gaza in cooperation with the World Health Organization, added Awwad.
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1 ) Todd / Canada
27/08/2014 12:04
That is just disgusting.

2 ) Harry Monk / UK
27/08/2014 13:16
@1 Don't worry the Palestinian militants such the Hamas’ military wing al-Qassam Brigades and other renegade radical Islamic Jihadist terrorist organisations, the al-Quds Brigades military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees and the al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades, will sort it out.

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
27/08/2014 14:30
Hamas is in charge and knows what is best for the Palestinians in Gaza. Rockets and tunnels are more important than fresh water and were worth the hundreds of millions of dollars Hamas invested in military development. Gazans do not need water for "resistance", Hamas knows that.

4 ) Jeff / USA
27/08/2014 16:42
You Zionist supporters are such heartless bastards! To pretend that the conditions in Gaza, and throughout the West Bank, are caused by Hamas or any other group other than yourselves is just stupid. If I were Hamas, I would be doing the same thing because they have to try to defend and protect themselves against you evil, murderous people. "Self defense" for Israel?? Bullshit! You people are aggressors, oppressors and a worthless group of, dare I say, humans. That's too nice a word for you!

5 ) Jeff / USA
27/08/2014 16:45
cont... One day the U.S. will finally reach a point where the politicians won't have a choice but to drop Israel like a ton of bricks. Then we'll see how you fascist pigs, Judeo-Nazis (as your own Yeshayahu Leibowitz called Israel), are able to behave. What goes around, comes around...and one day the Zionists will get what is coming to them. No, it won't be nearly the pain and suffering they've inflicted on the Palestinians, but hopefully there will be some!

6 ) paradiseheaven / uk
27/08/2014 19:04
skin infections may be spreading but there will be a cure allah knows all and islam is also spreading but there will be a cure allah knows all .150,000 marched in london on freedom for gaza we will again but its not the marching you notice its our powerful prayer .

7 ) Mandela / South Africa
28/08/2014 12:44
To #6 - London barely had 5 000 people marching for 'Freedom in Gaza', why dont you just add an extra 145 000 to make the number seem more relevant. Stop lying to yourself or your people, the biggest demonstration in the world was in Tehran with about 10 000 marching at the end of Ramadan, they made it a big Fun day for the family so children were also included in those numbers. In Israel on the other hand had 30 000 people attending the Funeral of a single Israeli solider. That is simply facts.
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