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WHO Reports Surge in Newborn Deaths in Gaza

Newborn in Gaza

Newborn mortality is rising sharply in the Gaza Strip, with babies being born underweight, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, citing medics on the ground. Here are some details according to the report of The Philippine Star.

Rising Newborn Mortality

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The World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted a concerning trend of rising newborn mortality in the Gaza Strip. Medics in the region have reported an increase in the number of babies born with low birth weight, leading to higher mortality rates among newborns.

The devastation caused by six months of conflict between Israel and Hamas has made it difficult to establish precise statistics on child mortality in Gaza. Many affected individuals are unable to access hospitals, further complicating data collection efforts.

Conditions in Maternity Hospitals

Maternity hospitals, such as the Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza, are witnessing a surge in malnourished children. At least 15 malnourished children are admitted to the Kamal Adwan Hospital daily, underscoring the severity of the situation.

The recent Israeli military operation in Gaza, which lasted two weeks, severely damaged healthcare infrastructure. Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest medical complex in the territory, sustained extensive damage, rendering it inoperable. The destruction of Al-Shifa Hospital has dealt a significant blow to Gaza’s already strained healthcare system.

Marwaan Abu Saadah, the acting director of Al-Shifa Hospital, lamented the irreversible damage inflicted on the medical complex. In a WHO video, he described the hospital’s destruction as catastrophic, emphasizing its crucial role in Gaza’s healthcare provision.

Humanitarian Concerns

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The destruction of vital healthcare facilities like Al-Shifa Hospital exacerbates the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. With limited access to medical care, vulnerable populations, including newborns and malnourished children, face heightened risks to their health and well-being.

The recent escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas has resulted in significant casualties on both sides. While Israel cites the need to combat Palestinian militants, the toll on civilian infrastructure and lives, particularly in Gaza, remains substantial.

The escalating conflict in Gaza continues to exact a devastating toll on the region’s healthcare system and vulnerable populations. As newborn mortality rises and healthcare infrastructure suffers severe damage, urgent international intervention is needed. This is necessary to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and ensure access to essential medical services for its residents.

Read Also: Gaza Conflict Claims More Child Lives Than Global Warfare in Four Years

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