The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday he was “very concerned” about the growing threat posed by infectious diseases in the Gaza Strip, since the Israeli offensive in response to the attack on 7 October of Hamas.
“As people continue to be massively displaced in southern Gaza, with some families forced to move multiple times and many sheltering in overcrowded health facilities, my WHO colleagues and I remain very concerned about the growing threat of infectious diseases,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesuson the social network X (formerly Twitter).
“From mid-October to mid-December, people living in shelters continued to get sick,” he added.
Infections, diarrhea, scabies, chicken pox…
Dr Tedros said almost 180,000 people suffered from upper respiratory infections, while 136,400 cases of diarrhea were recorded, half of them in children under five.
The head of the United Nations health agency added that there had been 55,400 cases of lice and scabies, 5,330 cases of chickenpox, and 42,700 cases of skin rashes including 4,722 of impetigo.
“WHO and its partners are working tirelessly to help health authorities increase disease surveillance and control by providing medicines and testing kits to detect and respond quickly to infectious diseases such as hepatitis, and trying to improve access to drinking water, food, hygiene,” added Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Since the October 7 attack on Israeli soil, in which 1,140 people were killed, mostly civilians, Israel has vowed to “annihilate” Hamas, shelling the Gaza Strip, besieging it, and carrying out an operation there. terrestrial since October 27.
The Hamas Ministry of Health reported on Friday 21,507 dead and 55,915 injured, mostly civilians, since the start of Israeli bombardments.