Turkish hospital ray of hope in virus-hit Gaza

A Turkish hospital in Gaza is supporting health authorities of the blockaded strip in stemming the coronavirus amid a surge in infections.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Marwan al-Hams, director of the Palestine-Turkey Friendship Hospital, said the hospital has admitted and treated some 3,500 coronavirus patients since April 2020.

"The fully equipped Turkish hospital has contributed to alleviating the burden on the health of our people who have been suffering under the 15-year Israeli blockade," Al-Hams said.

He praised the continued support provided by the Turkish people and government to the Palestinian people.

With rising COVID-19 cases in Gaza, Al-Hams said the hospital has to admit up to 10 patients in a single room.

Funded by the Turkish government via the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), the hospital's six-floor building construction was completed in 2017 with a capacity of 180 beds.

Over the past 24 hours, the Gaza Strip has registered more than 1,900 infections among its 2-million population bringing Gaza's total infections to more than 77,000 cases, including 650 deaths.

Severe wave of virus

Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said Gaza is experiencing a severe wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

He told Anadolu Agency that the ministry in Gaza has registered a rapid increase in the number of infections including cases in critical conditions.

"At the start of March, the critical cases that required intensive care didn't exceed 24 cases, but today, we are speaking about 226 cases," Al-Qidra said.

He referred the increase in infections to the British variant along with the people's non-compliance to preventive measures against the virus.

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