HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY FARHAN HAQ,
DEPUTY SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES
MONDAY, 06 NOVEMBER 2017

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SHORTAGE OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES IN GAZA CONTINUES TO DETERIORATE – U.N. AGENCY

The shortage of essential drugs and medical supplies in Gaza continues to deteriorate, severely impeding the provision of health care, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). In October, some 130 critical medical items and drugs, including 50 items for medical surgeries, have reached zero-stock level. The drug shortage is worsening with 45 per cent of the total list of critical items at zero level, a rise from 41 per cent recorded in September 2017.

Despite the reconciliation agreement signed in October and the Government of National Consensus assuming authority over Gaza, the situation has not improved. The UN hopes that the recently signed reconciliation may lead to alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

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