Hospitals in Gaza report a critical painkiller situation – Reuters

Hospitals in Gaza report a critical painkiller situation – Reuters

Doctors from hospitals in the Gaza Strip say they have to operate on victims and perform amputations without anesthetics.

According to doctors, there is a critical shortage of painkillers, Reuters reports.

Sometimes we give the wounded a sterile gauze (for biting) to reduce the pain. We know that the pain our patients feel is more than anyone can imagine, especially if they are children“, says nurse Hassanein.

Mohammad Abu Selmeyya, director of Al-Shifa Hospital, says that when many wounded people were brought to the hospital at the same time, there was no other option than to operate on them on the floor, without proper anesthesia.

He recalled the immediate aftermath of the explosion at Al-Ahli Arab Hospital on October 17, when he said around 250 wounded people arrived at Al-Shifa, which has only 12 operating theatres.

If we had waited to operate on them one by one in the operating rooms, we would have lost many. Therefore, we are forced to amputate limbs and sew up wounds on the floor without anesthesia“, says Abu Selmeyya.

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The publication also quotes the director of the hospital in Khan Yunis, Mohammad Zakut, who says that at the beginning of the war, there was a period when the anesthesia supplies were completely exhausted, until trucks with humanitarian aid were allowed to pass through.

We had to perform some procedures without anesthesia, including cesarean sections for women. We were also forced to operate on serious burns “live“, says Zakut.

It will be recalled that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalated on October 7, when the Palestinian militant group Hamas massively attacked Israel with rockets.

On this day, militants attacked the Supernova electronic music festival in the Negev desert near the border with the Gaza Strip, killing many people or taking them hostage.

On the night of October 9, Israel’s air force carried out massive strikes on the Gaza Strip. The IDF said Israel had “severely weakened the capabilities” of Hamas.

Read also: “WHO warns of “alarming trends” in the spread of infectious diseases in the Gaza Strip”

Iryna Bura, UP. Life

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