JEDDAH, Jan 4 (KUNA) -- A number of international humanitarian
organizations in the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
(OIC) have rushed to respond to the flash appeal launched by the OIC last
Monday to provide urgent medical aid to the Gaza Strip, which is facing an
unprecedented health crisis.
Assistant Secretary General for International Cooperation and Humanitarian
Affairs in the Organization Ambassador Ataa Mannan Bakheet said in a statement
that the organization has received inquiries from many humanitarian
organizations in the Member States, including Kuwait, UAE, Egypt, Qatar and
He pointed out that the Organization also received inquiries from a number
of good samaritans on the possibility of contributing to the urgent medical
aid for the relief of patients in the Gaza Strip, adding that the organization
is also coordinating in this regard with the competent authorities in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Ambassador Bakheet announced the readiness of coordination offices for
humanitarian assistance of the Organization in Cairo and Gaza to take over the
delivery of assistance required to facilitate their access to the concerned
authorities in the sector in coordination with the Egyptian government.
He said that the acute shortage of medical supplies has begun to threaten
the lives of many patients who were delayed surgical operations, where eyes,
pediatric surgery and cardiac catheterization and oncology operations have
ceased in addition to the lack of capabilities and resources in laboratories,
medical units, anesthesia and emergency departments. (end).
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