Israel bans delivery of anaesthesia gas to Gaza hospitals


Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 09 February 2017| 11 Jumadul ula 1438

Israel has banned anaesthetic gas from entering the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Ministry of Health revealed yesterday.

This is the third time that the occupation has prevented nitrox gas, which is used for patients during surgery, from entering the besieged enclave, the ministry’s spokesman, Ashraf Al-Qidra, said. The ban means a number of urgent medical procedures have now been halted, he explained.

There are currently 200 patients awaiting urgent medical treatment in Gaza’s hospitals, Al-Qidra said.
In addition, he said, there healthcare sector in Gaza needs more than 4,000 Kilogrammes of nitrox each year, noting that the Israeli occupation rations the entry of the gas.

He urged international organisations to put pressure on the Israeli occupation in order to resume the entry of the vital gas to allow surgical operations to continue.

Source – MEMO