Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), with active participation of UNRWA,  United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), held a scientific day on the current state of infectious diseases and Measles in the Gaza Strip.

Participants agreed on the stability of the reality of infectious diseases in the Gaza Strip, despite the emergence of several cases, which are treated and controlled as soon as they were discovered.

Director-General of Primary Health Care in the Ministry of Health Dr. Medhat Abbas said that the stability of the infection rate in the Gaza Strip is due to the existence of a national system of monitoring and control of these diseases, which contributed to the protection of society from 12 epidemic diseases have been eliminated.

Dr. Abbas also called for supporting the mechanisms for reporting infectious diseases, he also called for ending the siege, which is the lead cause of the water pollution crisis.  In addition to the frequent electricity cuts, which led to the disruption of sewer systems, conditions that usually contribute to the spread of epidemics and diseases.

Dr. Abbas noted that Palestine maintained the highest rate of immunization in the world with 98%. The scientific day included a number of scientific lectures on infectious diseases in the region and Palestine, in addition to the methods used to support and encourage documentation of infectious diseases in hospitals, laboratories, government health centers, UNRWA centers, and the private sector.