Conflict-ravaged Gaza’s ailing healthcare system

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Palestinian Mohammed al-Laham undergoes a kidney dialysis at a public paediatric hospital in Gaza City. For many patients suffering from life-threatening diseases in the Gaza Strip, treatment in neighbouring Israel or the occupied West Bank is a much sought-after option. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

Palestinian Mohammed al-Laham undergoes a kidney dialysis at a public paediatric hospital in Gaza City. For many patients suffering from life-threatening diseases in the Gaza Strip, treatment in neighbouring Israel or the occupied West Bank is a much sought-after option. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

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Eizz al-Deen Habash, 39, lies on a bed before his ankle surgery at Shifa hospital, Gaza's largest public medical facility, in Gaza City. But Israel tightly restricts Palestinian passage from the Gaza Strip. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

Eizz al-Deen Habash, 39, lies on a bed before his ankle surgery at Shifa hospital, Gaza's largest public medical facility, in Gaza City. But Israel tightly restricts Palestinian passage from the Gaza Strip. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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A Palestinian nurse prepares medical tools at Al Awda Hospital, a private medical facility in the northern Gaza Strip. Although it exempts from the ban Gazans seeking “life-saving or life-changing medical treatment” if it is unavailable in the territory, crossing the border isn’t easy. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

A Palestinian nurse prepares medical tools at Al Awda Hospital, a private medical facility in the northern Gaza Strip. Although it exempts from the ban Gazans seeking “life-saving or life-changing medical treatment” if it is unavailable in the territory, crossing the border isn’t easy. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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Mohammed Bahtiti, 13, who fractured his leg, waits for medical checks at an outpatient clinic at Shifa hospital. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

Mohammed Bahtiti, 13, who fractured his leg, waits for medical checks at an outpatient clinic at Shifa hospital. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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Gaza, an enclave of two million Palestinians ruled by the anti-Israel Hamas movement, suffers from a chronic shortage of hospital beds, medical equipment and specialist physicians. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

Gaza, an enclave of two million Palestinians ruled by the anti-Israel Hamas movement, suffers from a chronic shortage of hospital beds, medical equipment and specialist physicians. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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Mohammed al-Bayed (right), 13, and Amjad Bahar, 4, who suffer from cerebral palsy, lie on a a bed at Mabaret Falasteen charity in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

Mohammed al-Bayed (right), 13, and Amjad Bahar, 4, who suffer from cerebral palsy, lie on a a bed at Mabaret Falasteen charity in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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Palestinian girl Jana Al-Bodi lies on a bed before nurses remove stitches over her eye at Al Awda Hospital, a private medical facility in the northern Gaza Strip. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

Palestinian girl Jana Al-Bodi lies on a bed before nurses remove stitches over her eye at Al Awda Hospital, a private medical facility in the northern Gaza Strip. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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Palestinian patients present their documents as they wait to receive treatment at Shifa hospital. Gaza human rights groups say Israeli security at the crossing with the territory sometimes question patients in an attempt to gather intelligence or recruit them as informers. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

Palestinian patients present their documents as they wait to receive treatment at Shifa hospital. Gaza human rights groups say Israeli security at the crossing with the territory sometimes question patients in an attempt to gather intelligence or recruit them as informers. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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An employee checks medicines at a warehouse run by health ministry. Treatment for an estimated 6,000 cerebral palsy patients poses a particular problem. Many families cannot afford the cost of care and some do not want to expose their loved ones’ affliction to outsiders. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

An employee checks medicines at a warehouse run by health ministry. Treatment for an estimated 6,000 cerebral palsy patients poses a particular problem. Many families cannot afford the cost of care and some do not want to expose their loved ones’ affliction to outsiders. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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A view shows an operating room at Shifa hospital. Gazan healthcare providers complain the Israeli blockade deprives them of vital resources. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

A view shows an operating room at Shifa hospital. Gazan healthcare providers complain the Israeli blockade deprives them of vital resources. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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Palestinian boy Adel Shomar, 3, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is helped to walk up the stairs by a physiotherapist at Mabaret Falasteen charity. Israel says requests for medical care are reviewed on their merits in coordination with Palestinian representatives. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

Palestinian boy Adel Shomar, 3, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is helped to walk up the stairs by a physiotherapist at Mabaret Falasteen charity. Israel says requests for medical care are reviewed on their merits in coordination with Palestinian representatives. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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The country’s coordinator of government activities in the territories (COGAT), the group that liaises with Palestinian authorities on border crossings, said about 20,000 Gazans enter Israel per month, mainly for medical treatment. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

The country’s coordinator of government activities in the territories (COGAT), the group that liaises with Palestinian authorities on border crossings, said about 20,000 Gazans enter Israel per month, mainly for medical treatment. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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Doctors and medics perform a surgery for Palestinian woman Sadeya al-Shafi, 60, in the operating room at Shifa hospital. In figures posted on the website a month ago, COGAT said that between January 2015 and September 2016, some 200 medical personnel from the Gaza Strip participated in training courses at leading hospitals in Israel. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

Doctors and medics perform a surgery for Palestinian woman Sadeya al-Shafi, 60, in the operating room at Shifa hospital. In figures posted on the website a month ago, COGAT said that between January 2015 and September 2016, some 200 medical personnel from the Gaza Strip participated in training courses at leading hospitals in Israel. (Mohammed Salem/REUTERS)

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