Saturday, August 14, 2010
Expired medicine donated to Gaza!
There is no doubt that hospitals in the Gaza Strip are in dire straights, desperately in need of medicine and technology. However, millions of dollars worth of useless, out of date or expired medicine is being sent to the enclave as aid. And the expired medicine is ending up in land-fills which are not properly equipped to deal with medical waster.
Gaza's hospitals and clinics relay on international donations, and no-one is accusing donors of acting with malice. But doctors and health officials in Gaza want to be consulted before new donations are sent to the strip to ensure that patients in Gaza are getting what they actually need. Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston reports from the Gaza Strip.