Children are dying of malnutrition in Gaza as hospitals struggle to operate, health ministry says

 

At least six children died in recent days as a result of dehydration and malnutrition in Gaza, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Paralel.Az reports citing CNN.

At least four children died at Kamal Adwan Hospital in the past few days, and two children died at the Al-Shifa Medical Complex on Wednesday, the health ministry and a local doctor said.

"Another baby died today as a result of malnutrition at Kamal Adwan Hospital, which is the only pediatrics hospital in northern Gaza," Dr. Hussam Abu Safiya, the acting director and head of the pediatrics at Kamal Adwan Hospital, said in a statement Wednesday.

Safiya said the generators would stop working tonight because of the hospital's fuel shortage, "which means our incubators and oxygen supply will stop and only will run on solar panels during the day."

"The hospital is out of service starting today due to running out of fuel," and "surgical operations in the hospital were completely stopped as a result of lack of medical supplies," Safiya added.

Safiya also pointed out the lack of medical aid and baby formula in the hospital and said babies are getting milk that's "diluted and not concentrated" every five or six hours instead of the recommended three to four hours.

Mothers are unable to produce natural milk "due to dehydration and lack of nutritional food," Safiya said.

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