STATE OF ISRAELMINISTRY OF DEFENCECOORDINATION OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES IN THE TERRITORIES
Foreign Relations Branch, Beit Yachin, Tel Aviv
17 November 2012Operation Pillar of DefenseInformation Overview: Medical Supplies in Gaza
Background Overview: The long standing shortage of medicines and medical supplies in Gaza stems primarily from adysfunctional relationship between the Palestinian Ministries of Health in Gaza and Ramallah. The conflicts between the two offices have resulted not only in a shortage of medicines andsupplies, but also in restricted access to medical treatments for patients outside of Gaza. The Coordination and Liaison Administration to Gaza:1.
The CLA works to ensure that patients from Gaza have the access they need to get medicaltreatments.2.
Of the thousands of patients that requested permits to enter Israel for medical treatments,99.3% were approved. Patients were only denied permits when it was determined that they could receive necessary treatment inside Gaza (Sept 2012).3.
From January to October 2012, more than 14,500 permits were issued by the Gaza CLA forpatients and their chaperones to leave Gaza through the Erez Crossing.4.
All the requests for medical supplies (equipment and medicine) submitted by theinternational community to the Gaza CLA have been approved for entry into Gaza.5.
On average medical supply requests (medicines and light equipment) are approved within aspan of 24-72 hours. Coordination of approved medical supplies is completed within one working day after the organization submits the intended day of import.6.
Since September 2012, international organizations, in coordination with the Gaza CLA,have impoted 32 trucks of drugs and medical supplies through Kerem Shalom Crossing. This has included spare parts for dialysis machines, helium for MRI machines, and threefully equipped ambulances. An additional five loads of medicine were imported into Gazathrough the Erez Crossing through special coordination.Shortages and Restricted Access:1.
The restricted medical supplies in Gaza are marked by a shortage of 400-500 varieties of medical equipment (out of a defined 700), including a shortage of surgical and anestheticequipment.2.
There is an average shortage of 33% of desired types of drugs at any given time.3.
According to the World Health Organization, the process of referrals for patients fromGaza to receive treatment in Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan was suspended for nearly 10days due to disagreements between the Ramallah and Gaza Health Ministries. As a result, a38% reduction in monthly referrals left several hundred patients without necessary treatment.