Drug crisis: Sawasiya center to prosecute PA health ministry
June 28, 20120 comments
GAZA, (PIC)– Sawasiya Center for Human Rights said it has prepared a lawsuit against the Palestinian authority health ministry in Ramallah for its direct responsibility for the pharmaceutical crisis plaguing the health sector in the Gaza Strip.
In a press release, Sawasiya affirmed that it had conducted investigation proving that the PA health ministry is responsible for the crisis of medicines in Gaza.
The center added that it decided in coordination with the Palestinian association for human rights-Monitor to file a lawsuit against this health ministry with a Palestinian court in the West Bank to oblige it to fulfill its legal obligations towards the health sector in Gaza.
The center noted that the PA health ministry avoided its legal obligations and deliberately did not send to Gaza its allocation of medicines and medical supplies according to the tenders approved for suppliers.
It said it had evidence proving that the PA health ministry asked the suppliers not to send any shipments of medical supplies to Gaza.
For its part, the health ministry in Gaza said in a report that 253 out of 460 types of main medicines ran out from its stores and 66 others are only sufficient for three months.
It added that 211 out of 900 types of medical consumables are out of stock and the balance of 136 other types covers the needs of hospitals for only three months.