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Amid ongoing heavy military operations in the vicinity of the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, Gaza, WHO and partners were able to reach the hospital Monday and deliver essential medical supplies for 1000 patients. WHO
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STORY: WHO / GAZA AL NASSER HOSPITAL
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SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 29 JANUARY 2024, GAZA

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29 JANUARY 2024, NASSER MEDICAL COMPLEX, KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA

1. Various shots, patients arriving for treatment
2. Various shots, hospital corridors and wards
3. Various shots, patients being treated by health workers
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr. Karam Madboul, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“We are now working in an environment that has become an ineffective environment for health work, an environment that allows the spread of infection among patients. As we see, there is an acute shortage of equipment, medicines, and medical personnel.”
5. Various shots, dirty floors and medical waste
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Displaced person, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“Currently, the situation is unbearable, bad smells, unbearable things, to the limit where they are throwing garbage right in front our rooms now, it became hard to get in and out of the room. Not to mention the bugs and worms that get into the room, I don’t know how we are living anymore, this is a very difficult life.”
7. Various shots, dirty floors and medical waste
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr. Bassam Ouyahia, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“Currently at Nasser Medical Complex there’s a huge shortage in many things: medical tools, gauze, and we use it more than once. We also have a shortage in medical sterilization trays, and we use the same tray for more than one thing, we also do the sterilization process ourselves, there’s no special place for sterilization.”
9. Various shots of doctor examining patient on a chair with dirty floors and blood stains
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr. Bassam Ouyahia, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“This, as you can is the result of the shortage of beds at Al-Nasser Medical Complex. The patients are either seated on chairs or most of the time on the floor, and that’s because the beds that we used to have at the complex were taken away along with their patients when the displacement happened, and that caused a huge shortage in beds, therefore when patients arrive at the hospital now, they are forced to sit on the floor.”
11. Various shots, health workers and patients in the hospital
12. SOUBDBITE (Arabic) Abdul Rahman Kallab, Patient, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“When it comes to my case, I am suffering from shrapnel, which is affecting my spine. I have shrapnel in my head that is affecting my eyes, and I can’t see clearly. I also have hemiplegia; I have a shrapnel in my spine and I can’t move at all. When it comes to my lungs one is fine and the other needs a chest surgery.”
13. Various shots, patient and hospital corridor
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Mahmoud Raja Abu Shamala, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“Our number as doctors here at the emergency is no more than five or six doctors. Each one of us is literally handling ten cases at the same time, and unfortunately by the time we are done with the cases we already have, injured people who arrive sadly become martyrs as they die before we get to them. When I was called to the emergency for work, I found my best friend laying on the floor right in front of the resuscitation unit, unable to find a bed; I immediately started doing CPR, but sadly he passed away and that’s all because of our lack and shortage of doctors, medical staff and inability to receive more cases as the hospital is way beyond full capacity.”
15. Wide shot, doctor and medical supplies
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Mahmoud Raja Abu Shamala, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“We are humans not animals, and we have souls and we value them as any other human’s value theirs.”
17. Various of health workers and patients in the hospital
18. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Nahid Abu Taiema, Head of Surgical, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“Currently staying at the hospital are four hundred cases, wounded and sick. Most of these cases were seriously injured and most of them underwent abdomen, chest, brain and limbs surgeries. And many of them are currently in intensive care units. The situation at Al-Nasser Medical complex for the past five days is extremely disastrous.”
19. Wide shot, crowded hospital room.
20.SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Maha Abu Masoud, Displace person, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“Basically, the hospital completely collapsed, no doctors at all, nor nurses. Me for example my daughter has been wounded for a while now, and when we come asking for treatment sometimes, they tell us it’s available and other times it’s not. Frankly, am not sure where to go or what to do.”
21. Various shots, mother with daughter.
22.Wide shot, crowded hospital room.
23. Wide shot, doctor waking down corridor with patient
24. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Mahmoud Raja Abu Shamala, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“Unfortunately, as you can see the hospital is packed with displaced people and they are residing between the hospital’s departments. Diseases and outbreaks have begun to spread very widely due to this current situation.”
25. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Mahmoud Raja Abu Shamala, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“Also, the sterilization and cleaning companies that were responsible for sterilizing and cleaning the hospital have completely left, none of the cleaning personnel is here anymore to clean or sterilize the hospital.”
26.Wide shot, crowded hospital area.
27. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Mahmoud Raja Abu Shamala, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“This is a vivid example of the spread of outbreaks and dangerous diseases at the hospital, due to the overcrowding of displaced people at the hospital, and the lack of cleaning and sterilization. For example, this child is suffering a fungal skin disease found in the head and this is not the only case, too many other cases were found at hospital.”
28.Med shot, patient’s head
29. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Mahmoud Raja Abu Shamala, Nasser Medical Complex, Khan Younis:
“Sadly the treatment for such cases is currently unavailable at the hospitals, we need creams and antibiotics that we don’t have, and this is going to help the spread of such cases not only between patients but everyone at the hospital.”
30.Wide shot, patient and family sitting in hospital

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Amid ongoing heavy military operations in the vicinity of the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, Gaza, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners were able to reach the hospital on Monday (29 Jan) and deliver essential medical supplies for 1000 patients. The team had also planned to deliver food to the hospital, but the delivery was delayed.

Delays like these increase the health risks of vulnerable patients and hamper health personnel.

Nasser Hospital is currently serving 400 patients. Once the most important referral hospital in southern Gaza, within a week Nasser has gone from partially to minimally functional, reflecting the unwarranted and ongoing dismantling of the health system.

Nasser has a serious shortage of:
- specialised medical practitioners, as the majority of health personnel are volunteers
- medicines, oxygen, food, fuel
- ways to dispose of solid waste

The morale of the medical staff has significantly declined due to these grim circumstances.

Today (30 Jan), due to delays around the checkpoint, the crowds took food being delivered, and once again it did not reach Nasser. This underscores the utter desperation of people in Gaza, who live in hellish conditions, including severe hunger. WHO continues to seek permission to deliver the fuel to the hospital.

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