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Staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNOCHA, the humanitarian agency, visited Al-Aqsa hospital in Gaza and reported seeing large numbers of wounded people being brought in for urgent treatment, following an explosion. WHO
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STORY: WHO / GAZA AL-AQSA
TRT: 03:13
SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 07 JANUARY 2024, AL-AQSA HOSPITAL, GAZA STRIP, PALESTINE

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1. Tracking shot, injured people being treated on hospital floor
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Casey, Emergency Medical Team Coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO):
“I'm in Al-Aqsa hospital in the middle area of Gaza, the middle part of the Gaza Strip, in the emergency department, where they're treating children, several children on the floor and on a gurney behind me. Doctors calling out for a scalpel and chest tubes. Many people coming in from an explosion. There's one child who unfortunately passed away whose body is not identified. And it's, as you can see, a chaotic scene. Unfortunately, this area is close to an area that was evacuated yesterday. An evacuation order was issued, and they've lost a lot of their staff. This hospital is currently operating with about 30 percent of the staff that it had just a few days ago. They are seeing, in some cases, hundreds of casualties every day in a small emergency department. Yesterday they said they had one doctor working overnight in this emergency department with hundreds, in some cases of casualties coming in on a daily basis.”
3. Tracking shot, injured people being treated on hospital floor
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Casey, Emergency Medical Team Coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO):
“There are patients coming in every few minutes. It's really a chaotic scene. The hospital Director just spoke to us, and he said his one request is that this hospital be protected, even though many of his staff have left. Even though this hospital is under enormous pressure, the one request that the hospital Director said is that the international community needs to make sure that this hospital and other hospitals like it stay protected, that they not get struck, that they not get evacuated, that they're able to continue functioning. That's the critical message for today.”
5. Tracking shot, injured people being
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Casey, Emergency Medical Team Coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We're here to deliver some supplies, but also to make arrangements for an emergency medical team to provide support, hopefully in the next week or so, to add additional human resources to this hospital, which is, again, like so many hospitals in Gaza, on its knees.”
7. Various shots, hospital
8. Tracking shot, WHO staff walking out of hospital

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Staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNOCHA, the humanitarian agency, today (7 Jan) visited Al-Aqsa hospital in Gaza and reported seeing large numbers of wounded people being brought in for urgent treatment, following an explosion.

During their mission, WHO was informed that evacuation orders and lack of safety had forced most health staff to leave. Reports indicate that only 5 doctors remain. Hospital management said health workers had no food.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Casey, Emergency Medical Team Coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO):
“I'm in Al-Aqsa hospital in the middle area of Gaza, the middle part of the Gaza Strip, in the emergency department, where they're treating children, several children on the floor and on a gurney behind me. Doctors calling out for a scalpel and chest tubes. Many people coming in from an explosion. There's one child who unfortunately passed away whose body is not identified. And it's, as you can see, a chaotic scene. Unfortunately, this area is close to an area that was evacuated yesterday. An evacuation order was issued, and they've lost a lot of their staff. This hospital is currently operating with about 30 percent of the staff that it had just a few days ago. They are seeing, in some cases, hundreds of casualties every day in a small emergency department. Yesterday they said they had one doctor working overnight in this emergency department with hundreds, in some cases of casualties coming in on a daily basis.”

The health facility reported immense needs, especially health workers, medical supplies and beds. But staff said their greatest need was for their hospital, and its staff, patients and families there, to be protected from strikes and hostilities. Three months into this conflict, it is inconceivable that this most essential need—the protection of health care—is not assured.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Casey, Emergency Medical Team Coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO):
“There are patients coming in every few minutes. It's really a chaotic scene. The hospital Director just spoke to us, and he said his one request is that this hospital be protected, even though many of his staff have left. Even though this hospital is under enormous pressure, the one request that the hospital Director said is that the international community needs to make sure that this hospital and other hospitals like it stay protected, that they not get struck, that they not get evacuated, that they're able to continue functioning. That's the critical message for today.”

The WHO team delivered medical supplies to support 4500 patients needing dialysis for 3 months and 500 patients requiring trauma care. WHO is planning to facilitate the much-needed deployment of an emergency medical team to support the overstretched doctors and nurses of Al-Aqsa.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Casey, Emergency Medical Team Coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We're here to deliver some supplies, but also to make arrangements for an emergency medical team to provide support, hopefully in the next week or so, to add additional human resources to this hospital, which is, again, like so many hospitals in Gaza, on its knees.”

Al-Aqsa is the most important hospital remaining in Gaza’s Middle Area and must remain functional, and protected, in order to be able to deliver lifesaving services.

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