Israel-besieged Gaza calls for urgent swine flu vaccines, 6 dies

A doctor, three women, a child and a man had died over the past five days.

Israel-besieged Gaza calls for urgent swine flu vaccines, 6 dies

A 56-year-old PAlestinian woman from Israel besieged-Gaza died after being diagnosed with swine flu, raising the toll from the virus to six, the health ministry said on Wednesday night.

Hassan Khalaf, the deputy health minister in Gaza, told Palestinian news agency that the woman died in Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

Another 25 people are known to be infected with the virus, amid a shortage of vaccinations in Gaza hospitals, the ministry said.

A doctor, three women, a child and a man had died over the past five days.

Khalaf appealed to international organizations to send more flu vaccine to the Gaza Strip. He said the amount of vaccine in the Strip at present is not enough even to inoculate all doctors in Gaza's hospitals.

Omar An-Nasser, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Health in Ramallah, said that a new batch of vaccine will enter the Gaza Strip in the next few days, as soon as Palestinian authorities receive them.

H1N1 was first diagnosed in the Gaza Strip on Sunday.

The ministry called on Arab and foreign countries to urgently send the needed vaccinations to Gaza, and said the ministry is in ongoing contact with the World Health Organization and the ministry of health in Ramallah.

Gaza is still considered under Israeli occupation as Israel controls air, sea and land access to the Strip.

The Rafah crossing with Egypt, Gaza's sole border crossing that bypasses Israel, rarely opens as Egypt is under immense US and Israeli pressure to keep the crossing shut.

A group of international lawyers and human rights activists had also accused Israel of committing "genocide" through its crippling blockade of the Strip.



Agencies

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