The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees on Monday said that it will close down its Qalqilya-based hospital, adding that all non-emergency services a including ear, nose and throat (ENT) treatment and the maternity ward, will stop by August 21.
According to UNRWA, the decision is pending an investigation into the recent death of a child at the hospital. All patients, meanwhile, will be directed to other UNRWA-contracted hospital.
“The Agency will work with all relevant stakeholders to minimize any inconvenience to Palestine refugees resulting from this redirection of services,” it said.
The Ministry of Health strongly condemned the decision, saying that it is the duty of UNRWA to keep [the hospital] open and provide health service to Palestinian refugees as required by international laws and resolutions,” WAFA reported.
It said Minister of Health Jawad Awwad has requested an urgent meeting in Amman, Jordan on Monday night with UNRWA’s regional medical director to discuss this matter.