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All MoH hospitals have declared that the emergency status declared on 27 December with the beginning of hostilities remains intact following the two cease-fire declarations, as many injured patients are still hospitalized.
CASUALTIES and AFFECTED
According to the MoH on 19 January at 16:00, the number of people killed in the Gaza Strip since 27 December was approximately 1300, including 410 children and 104 women. Approximately 5300 people have been injured, including 1855 children and 795 women1. UNRWA reports that 44 out of the 50 emergency shelters established to accommodate the displaced people are still in place for 46 000 displaced people.
Since 27 December 2008, 16 health personnel have been killed and 22 injured while on duty, according to the MoH health information centre in Gaza. Since the cease-fire, most health personnel have been reporting to work regularly and working for one ore two continuous shifts, each shift for 12 hours.
DAMAGE TO HEALTH FACILITIES
Since 27 December, 34 health facilities (8 hospitals and 26 PHC clinics) have been damaged or destroyed in direct or indirect shelling.
Of the 8 damaged hospitals, two were not functioning as of 20 January. The 8 are:
1. Al Dorah Hospital – damaged on 3 occasions – 3, 12, 13 January (functioning only for emergency cases)
2. Gaza Pediatrics Hospital – damaged 3 January
3. Al Awda Hospital – damaged 5 January
4. Gaza European Hospital – damaged 10 January
5. El Nasser Pediatrics Hospital – damaged 10 January
6. Al-Quds PRCS Hospital – damaged twice 4, 15 January (not functioning)
7. Al Wafa Hospital – damaged 15 January
8. Al-Fata Hospital – damaged 15 January (not functioning)
Of the damaged PHC clinics, 20 were identified between 17 and 19 January after staff were able to inspect areas previously inaccessible due to insecurity. The number may increase as all sites are visited.
WHO is investigating the extent of damages to these health facilities. For a preliminary assessment please see "ANNEX 1: Health facilities damaged/destroyed since 27 December."
PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CENTRES
26 PHC clinics have been damaged or destroyed since 27 December (23 MoH, one UNRWA, two NGO).
Most of the MoH PHCs reportedly remain functional despite the damage (50 of 56). Of the six that remain closed, five were severely damaged and one was shut due to its close proximity to a high-risk area. For a detailed list see "ANNEX 2: Functionality status of 56 MoH clinics."
Immunization, antenatal care and management of chronic diseases services have been fully resumed in the 50 functioning MoH PHC clinics. Laboratory and dental services have been partially resumed. Health education and promotion services have recommenced in all the functioning PHC clinics. Internal referrals between PHC clinics and hospitals have been resumed for only severe cases.
Most health personnel have returned to work since the cease-fire, according to the director of the PHC directorate. But some are still supporting hospitals and have not returned to their PHCs.
Related public health measures being carried out include:
WHO West Bank and Gaza Ms. Chiara Stefanini
Health and Human Rights Officer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel.: + (972) (0)2 540 0595 – Mobile: + (972) (0)2 55 717 9024
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Mr Altaf Musani
Emergency Preparedness and Humanitarian Action Email: email@example.com
Tel.: + (202) 26 76 50 25 – Mobile: + (201) 02 58 58 22
WHO Headquarters, Geneva
Health Action in Crises
Tel.: +41 22791 3462 - Mobile: +41 794755546 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org