Photo: PRCS paramedic evacuating an injured child from field. Credit: PRCS

WHO report: Nine killed and 1000 injured in Gaza within two weeks

PNN/ Gaza/

Nine Palestinians were killed and 1,306 were injured by the Israeli forces during the reporting period from the 7th to the 20th October, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Eight Palestinians, including one child, were killed during the demonstrations, while the ninth was killed due to an Israeli attack, which took place on the 17th October.

Out of the total 1,306 injured, 62% (815 people) transferred to MoH hospitals or NGO health facilities, including 168 children and 35 females. The remaining 38% (491) were treated and discharged directly from the trauma stabilization points (TSPs).

Out of the total 815 injured people referred to a hospital, 16 were critically life threatening (1%), 299 moderate (23%), 470 mild (36%), and the remaining 30 were unspecified cases due to limited data collection.

Since the starts of the mass demonstrations, a total of 23,573 people have been injured, of which 5,652 were live ammunition gunshot injuries (23%). From the 5,652 patients, 78% (4,388) are lower limb gunshot injuries.

Gaza’s health sector continues to rely on donated fuel to run its services. On 17 September the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), released $ 1 million USD from the humanitarian fund for fuel. From this fund, a total of 635,000 litres were purchased for the health sector. This donation will support 54 health facilities; 28 hospitals, 22 primary healthcare centres and four key health administrative departments.

In September 2018, the Central Drug Store of the MoH in Gaza reported 47% of essential drugs at less than one month’s supply and 41% completely depleted.30% of essential disposables were at less than one month’s supply.