November 30, 2023

International health authorities need to lead efforts to address health dangers to Gaza civilians, according to Prof. Nadav Davidovitch, the dean of the School of Public Health at Ben-Gurion University. He emphasized the need for the prime minister, defense minister, Health Ministry, the WHO, and other health authorities to protect Gaza civilians from diseases. Prof. Davidovitch also stressed the importance of vaccination for children and adults, especially those living in tents in the southern Gaza Strip. He also highlighted the strategic nature of the issue and the need for international coordination with Israel. Despite the ongoing war, it is crucial to prioritize the health and well-being of Gaza civilians.

The deteriorating health situation in Gaza is a cause for concern, especially with respect to polio, flu, gastroenterological disorders, and rabies. The lack of potable water and the complication of desalination due to the diversion of gasoline by Hamas further exacerbate the situation. The arrival of rain and cold weather also poses challenges, particularly with overflowing sewage that has the potential to impact Israel’s coastal areas.

Prof. Davidovitch urged for international involvement similar to that seen in war-torn Afghanistan, emphasizing that it is not solely Israel’s responsibility. He also stressed the need to carefully monitor the situation in Gaza. The WHO director-general also expressed deep concern for the health needs of the people of Gaza and the near collapse of the health system.

It is clear that urgent international intervention is necessary to address the escalating health crisis in Gaza and prevent further deterioration of the situation.