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WHO: Extreme heat in Gaza may worsen health crisis for Palestinians

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Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to diseases such as cholera, diarrhea and hepatitis A

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that extremely high temperatures in the Gaza Strip could exacerbate health problems for Palestinians displaced by Israeli bombardment and fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas.

The The World Food Program has warned that a huge public health crisis is looming in Gaza, due to the lack of drinking water, food and medical supplies.

“We have seen massive displacement in recent weeks and months and we know that the combination of this and the heat can cause an increase in disease,” said Richard Peppercorn, the WHO's representative for Gaza and the West Bank. “We have water contamination, and we're going to have a lot more food losses because of the high temperatures. We will have insects, mosquitoes and flies, dehydration, heatstroke.

Extreme heat has claimed the lives of hundreds of people around the world as the summer season begins in the Northern Hemisphere.

Pepperkorn said that in Gaza, due to poor water supply and sanitation conditions, the number of diarrheal cases was 25 times higher than usual.

Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to diseases such as cholera, diarrhea and hepatitis A, according to WHO.

WHO has been unable to carry out medical evacuations from Gaza since the closure of the Rafah crossing in early May.

Pepperkorn said an estimated 10,000 patients needed to be medically removed from Gaza, half of them suffering from war-related illnesses.

Source: 24h.com.cy

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