Iranian Minister Blames Israel for Health Situation in Palestine

Iranian Health Minister Seyyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi held Israel responsible for the deteriorating health and hygiene conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories.

“The medical and health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially in occupied Jerusalem, as well as in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, are deteriorating as a result of the Zionist [Israeli] regime’s harmful actions,” Qazizadeh Hashemi said, addressing the 69th World Health Assembly meeting in Switzerland on Tuesday May 24.

He also emphasized the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)’s concerns about health conditions in the Palestinian territories and the Golan Heights and Israel’s negligence and obstructionism in this regard.

Statistics for 2014 showed that the number of physicians per 1,000 population registered in the Physicians’ Union in the West Bank was 1.3 and in the Gaza Strip 2.2.

In addition, there were 2.1 nurses per 1,000 people in the West Bank and 4.1 nurses per 1,000 people in the Gaza Strip. There were 80 hospitals in Palestine in 2014: 50 hospitals in the West Bank and 30 in the Gaza Strip.

Also, 97% of drinking water in the Gaza Strip does not meet the World Health Organization (WHO) standards and is less than the minimum quantity recommended by the WHO (100 l/c/d).

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