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Al Awda hospital in north Gaza continues to provide medical services despite severe shortages of fuel and medical supplies. WHO
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STORY: WHO / GAZA AL AWDA HOSPITAL
TRT: 06:23
SOURCE: UNTV CH / WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 JANUARY 2024, AL AWDA HOSPITAL, NORTH GAZA, PALESTINE

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1. Various shots, exterior, destruction around and damage to the hospital
2. Various shots, maternity ward, health worker, newborn and mother
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Asma’ Kutkut, Maternity department, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“Our bed capacity is 20 beds. Our average number of labour cases per day at the hospital used to be around twenty. The problem of transportation made things worse, as it became hard for women to get to the hospital to give birth. It was also hard for ambulances to work and as a result, pregnant women came by foot, and others had to deliver at home or even in the street. Therefor we were forced to move this service to their homes to ensure their safety.”
4. Pan right, health worker passing newborn to mother
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Asma’ Kutkut, Maternity department, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“Regarding surgical cases , generally speaking the operation rooms are located right below us by two levels and due to fact that there’s no electricity and therefore no elevator; medical staff and family members are forced to carry the pregnant woman on a carrier board using the stairs to get the patient to the operation room, and that brought physical pain and burden on the pregnant woman as she’s carried out through the stairs instead of calmly using the elevator if it was available. Also, the issue of anaesthesia, during this long period of war, we had to rely on spinal anaesthesia and that is due to the lack of oxygen and electricity as general anaesthesia requires both and a central machine that’s also powered by electricity. As a result, we were forced to use spinal anaesthesia for most of the cases, and regardless of the fact that spinal anaesthesia is medically better for women but it is also painful and causing more load at the hospital as using spinal anaesthesia will require two to three days of recovery instead of 24 hours with the general anaesthesia and that affected the psychological and health condition of the mothers.”
6. Tilt up, water leaking through hole in the ceiling
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Wafaa Abu Jasser, Warehouse Officer, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“We have nothing left of “ExFix” (External Fixation) that’s used in orthopaedic operations. We have shortage in some types of anaesthesia that is used in birthing operating rooms, we also have a shortage in “under the bed sheets “as well as shortage in almost all sizes of gypsona (Plaster of Paris bandage). And since we are the only hospital specializing in orthopaedic operations in the north, these items are considered sensitive and critical and must be available in order for us to keep providing the service for our people.”
8. Various shots, warehouse showing damage and empty shelves
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Wafaa Abu Jasser, Warehouse Officer, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“In all of this, we hope to reach a solution regarding the issue of diesel so that we can continue to store supplies in the proper manner and to be able to continue providing the necessary supplies. So that we can continue perform operations that require sterilisation of tools, all of this is taken into account. The presence of diesel leads to the continuation of work, the continuation of proper storage, the continuation of providing the service correctly and all depend on each other.”
10. Various shots, operating theatre of surgical team operating on a patient’s leg
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Surgeon, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“These are the cases we are dealing with. A 14-year-old suffering a fracture in his femur, for 35 days, and here lies the complexity of this operation as returning the bones is difficult with the presence of internal calcification. As most of the cases we have are received after approximately two or three months of the injury. We have severe shortage in; tools, medical staff, but that thank God we were able help our citizens with a group of doctors and medical staff.”
12. Various shots, health worker changing bandages on a patient
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Rami Walid Al-Shayahm, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“There are very few doctors in the emergency/reception department. You are talking about only two to four doctors, who have been under pressure in reception and emergency departments for a hundred days. For a hundred days, the doctors are, no matter how much we appreciate each other, each doctor has not left the hospital for a hundred days or seen their family. This alone is a form of psychological pressure and burden.”
14. Pan left, hospital ward

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Al Awda hospital in north Gaza continues to provide medical services despite severe shortages of fuel and medical supplies.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Asma’ Kutkut, Maternity department, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“Our bed capacity is 20 beds. Our average number of labour cases per day at the hospital used to be around twenty. The problem of transportation made things worse, as it became hard for women to get to the hospital to give birth. It was also hard for ambulances to work and as a result, pregnant women came by foot, and others had to deliver at home or even in the street. Therefor we were forced to move this service to their homes to ensure their safety.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Asma’ Kutkut, Maternity department, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“Regarding surgical cases , generally speaking the operation rooms are located right below us by two levels and due to fact that there’s no electricity and therefore no elevator; medical staff and family members are forced to carry the pregnant woman on a carrier board using the stairs to get the patient to the operation room, and that brought physical pain and burden on the pregnant woman as she’s carried out through the stairs instead of calmly using the elevator if it was available. Also, the issue of anaesthesia, during this long period of war, we had to rely on spinal anaesthesia and that is due to the lack of oxygen and electricity as general anaesthesia requires both and a central machine that’s also powered by electricity. As a result, we were forced to use spinal anaesthesia for most of the cases, and regardless of the fact that spinal anaesthesia is medically better for women but it is also painful and causing more load at the hospital as using spinal anaesthesia will require two to three days of recovery instead of 24 hours with the general anaesthesia and that affected the psychological and health condition of the mothers.”

Al Awda performs 10 to 13 surgeries a day including orthopaedics and general surgeries. Their busy maternity ward is open 24 hours a day and they have many deliveries including c-section deliveries.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Wafaa Abu Jasser, Warehouse Officer, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“We have nothing left of “ExFix” (External Fixation) that’s used in orthopaedic operations. We have shortage in some types of anaesthesia that is used in birthing operating rooms, we also have a shortage in “under the bed sheets “as well as shortage in almost all sizes of gypsona (Plaster of Paris bandage). And since we are the only hospital specializing in orthopaedic operations in the north, these items are considered sensitive and critical and must be available in order for us to keep providing the service for our people.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Wafaa Abu Jasser, Warehouse Officer, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“In all of this, we hope to reach a solution regarding the issue of diesel so that we can continue to store supplies in the proper manner and to be able to continue providing the necessary supplies. So that we can continue perform operations that require sterilisation of tools, all of this is taken into account. The presence of diesel leads to the continuation of work, the continuation of proper storage, the continuation of providing the service correctly and all depend on each other.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Surgeon, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“These are the cases we are dealing with. A 14-year-old suffering a fracture in his femur, for 35 days, and here lies the complexity of this operation as returning the bones is difficult with the presence of internal calcification. As most of the cases we have are received after approximately two or three months of the injury. We have severe shortage in; tools, medical staff, but that thank God we were able help our citizens with a group of doctors and medical staff.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Rami Walid Al-Shayahm, Al Awda Hospital, North Gaza:
“There are very few doctors in the emergency/reception department. You are talking about only two to four doctors, who have been under pressure in reception and emergency departments for a hundred days. For a hundred days, the doctors are, no matter how much we appreciate each other, each doctor has not left the hospital for a hundred days or seen their family. This alone is a form of psychological pressure and burden.”

They need continuous support so they can continue to offer these vital services to the local population.

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