UN: Gaza Strip faces public health catastrophe

The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs said on Wednesday that the Gaza Strip is facing a “public health catastrophe” after the collapse of the health system and the spread of diseases as a result of population overcrowding.

“We all know that the health care system is collapsing or has collapsed,” said Lynn Hastings, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The United Nations and relief organizations have sounded the alarm regarding the spread of infectious diseases in Gaza, where the internal displacement of about 85 percent of the population has caused overcrowding in shelters and other temporary living facilities.

The World Health Organization announced a significant increase in cases of acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, head bugs, skin diseases, and other rapidly spreading diseases.

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