Turkey supports emergency needs in Gaza for fuel and medicines for health facilities
H.E. Ambassador Mustafa Sarnιç, Consul General of Turkey in Jerusalem, said, “Turkey is resolute in maintaining its efforts to meet the basic needs of the Palestinian people at this time.” The Turkish delegation to the event at Shifa Hospital also included Deputy Consul General Husamettin Arslan of the Turkish Consulate. The donation was made at the request and with the agreement of the State of Palestine, according to Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under its Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).
In his remarks, Dr Gerald Rockenschaub, WHO Head of Office for the West Bank and Gaza, thanked the Government of Turkey and said, “WHO values this initiative as a meaningful and very timely contribution to the health of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The hospitals and clinics are constantly facing chronic shortages of basic materials and power, with medicines and fuel for electricity generators at critical levels. Turkey, along with other members of the international community, has been a reliable contributor toward maintaining health services.”
At the end of April, the zero stock levels of medicines and medical disposables at the Gaza central drugstore was 29% and 41%, respectively, and fuel reserves relied on by hospitals to power generators during frequent long blackouts of power were almost exhausted.
For further information:
WHO Head of Office, West Bank and Gaza
Tel: +972 54717 9025
WHO Head of Gaza sub-office
Tel: +972 598944650
Consulate General of Turkey in Jerusalem
Tel: +972 779853308