The World Health Organization’s regional director for emergencies, Richard Brennan, has reported that out of the 31 babies evacuated from Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, all of them are suffering from serious infections. Two more babies died before they could be evacuated, and a third of those transported to a hospital in southern Gaza were in critical condition. The WHO is also unable to locate the children’s parents, adding to the tragedy of the situation.
In an interview with reporters, Brennan stated that 11 of the babies were classified as critical and all of them have serious infections, with many of them having low birth weights. He emphasized the difficult road ahead for these infants and expressed concern about the whereabouts of their parents.
Despite the Gaza Health Ministry’s announcement that 30 babies will be transported to Egypt the following day, Brennan cautioned that the transfers would take place in stages, as some of the children were in too critical a condition to be moved. He also noted that approximately 291 patients and 25 staff members remain at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza.
The situation at Al-Shifa Hospital has been dire for several weeks now due to Israel’s blockade on medical supplies entering Gaza. This has led to a severe shortage of essential medical equipment and medication needed to treat critically ill patients like these babies. The WHO has been working tirelessly to provide aid and support to healthcare workers on the ground, but their efforts have been hampered by ongoing violence and conflict in the region.