Palestinian health minister: Israel’s power cuts threaten patients’ lives

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Palestinian Health Minister May al-Kaila warned of the consequences of Israel’s power cuts in three Palestinian governorates.

The minister said in a press release on Saturday evening that the power cut will harm the patients and their medicines stored in their home refrigerators, in addition to its negative impact on all citizens and the validity of food that needs refrigerators, in addition to its effect on medicines and vaccines stored in Refrigerators health centers and health care clinics.

Alkyl pointed out that most of the vaccines are stored at a temperature between 2-8 degrees Celsius, and there are a number of vaccines that are stored at temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero, such as polio vaccine, so cutting the electricity negatively affect its effectiveness.

She added that this dangerous step, which Israel will take, is a collective punishment for all the Palestinian people, and does not take into account any charter, custom or international law in this step.

The Palestinian Minister of Health, the Israeli authorities, held full responsibility for the lives of Palestinian patients and for any complications that may have occurred to them, and at the same time appealed to international institutions and the international community to intervene and pressure Israel to stop this collective punishment.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health called on citizens who keep their medicines in refrigerators not to open their refrigerators during the cut-off period, except for the need to keep the refrigerator cool and reduce the likelihood of affecting the effectiveness of the stored medicine.

It is noteworthy that the Israeli electricity company decided, with the approval of the Israeli government, to cut electricity to three Palestinian governorates, namely Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem, under the pretext of accumulating debts on them.

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