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UN Report: Gaza Faces Rise in Waterborne Illnesses Due to High Temperatures and Unsafe Water Sources, Reports ET HealthWorld

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UN says waterborne illnesses spread in Gaza due to heat, unsafe water, ET HealthWorld

In Gaza, waterborne diseases are on the rise due to a lack of clean water and increasing temperatures, according to the United Nations humanitarian coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick. McGoldrick emphasized the urgent need for a better supply of water to prevent the spread of diseases like cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, and hepatitis A.

Since mid-October, over 345,000 cases of diarrhoea have been reported, with more than 105,000 cases in children under 5, following an assault on Gaza in response to attacks by Hamas. Contaminated water and poor sanitation are major contributors to these alarming numbers, as per the World Health Organization.

The Coastal Aquifer Basin serves as Gaza’s only natural source of water, stretching from the northern Sinai Peninsula in Egypt through Gaza and into Israel. However, the quality of water from this source has rapidly deteriorated over the years due to excessive pumping to meet the demands of Gaza’s population, leading to a scarcity of clean and safe water.

Israel has committed to enabling humanitarian organizations to increase aid in Gaza and has approved the operation of the water pipeline in northern Gaza to alleviate the water crisis. The importance of ensuring a sustainable supply of clean water to prevent further outbreaks of waterborne diseases in Gaza cannot be overstated.

The situation in Gaza underscores the urgent need for international assistance and cooperation to address the water crisis and prevent the spread of diseases. Efforts to improve water infrastructure and sanitation systems are crucial in ensuring the well-being and health of the population in Gaza.

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