Nine more cases of cholera were diagnosed in Gaza on Monday (23 November) bringing the number of cases in the recent outbreak in the area to 51.
GV Street scene, Gaza
CU Children drink water from street taps
LV Crowd outside clinic
CU Poster on wall.
CU INT Clinic with people waiting for treatment (2 shots)
SV PAN People in clinic.
CU Woman holds child
CU Needle goes into arm
CU Women and children
CU Boy receives injection and cries
CU Medical worker injects patients (2 shots)
SV People outside cline (2 shots)
SV Man hands out vaccination certificates in street (2 shots)
LV Man disinfects refuse bin in street (2 shots)
GV UNWRA vehicle in street.
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Background: Nine more cases of cholera were diagnosed in Gaza on Monday (23 November) bringing the number of cases in the recent outbreak in the area to 51. In an effort to combat the spread of the disease, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has sent a team of doctors into the region to inoculate the many thousands in local camps.
A team of UNRWA doctors visited "Beach Camp" in Gaza on Monday as part of the organisation's overall plan to inoculate refugees in the area. A team of 20 doctors have been making the rounds of the camps and clinics, and have so far reportedly treated about 160,000 people.
The Israeli Health Ministry is reportedly still opposed to mass inoculation, saying that it is only 30 to 60 per cent effective and claiming that inoculated people can become undetected carriers of the disease.
The Health Ministry has banned all imports of food from Gaza to Israel, with the exception of citrus fruits, dates and fish. Vegetable crops which have been irrigated with sewage water are being destroyed.
Congregations attending the Gaza area's 71 mosques are warned five times daily of health and sanitary requirements in an effort to educate people to the dangers of the disease.
Further means of health control include repeated disinfecting of refuse bins and the adding of chlorine to drinking water.
The disease reappeared in the area a week ago. Between August and September this year cholera spread from Jerusalem to the occupied territories. Six people are known to have died from the disease and 250 were taken to hospitals during the previous cholera outbreak, according to Israeli reports released earlier this month.