Water has a significant impact on hygiene in the Gaza Strip, and the lack of water can lead to the spread of diseases. Without water, basic operations such as bathing, hand washing, and using the toilet become impossible, increasing the risk of diseases such as intestinal or respiratory infections. Overcrowded conditions in Gaza exacerbate these risks, especially as winter approaches. The Israeli army has instructed soldiers not to use water from Gaza and to receive their own water supply.
Additionally, Professor Davidovich mentions the issue of the lack of fuel, which results in a shortage of sewage treatment and affects the operation of desalination machines. This leads to the release of hundreds of millions of liters of sewage into the sea, impacting the shores of Israel. Water tests have confirmed the presence of impurities reaching the shores of the country, with the situation worsening due to the collapse of the sewage system in Gaza and the current rainy season.
Furthermore, Professor Davidovich emphasizes that vaccinations are crucial for preventing outbreaks of diseases like polio or measles. He urges international aid organizations to take responsibility for providing vaccinations to children in need in Gaza.
In summary, Professor Davidovich highlights several critical issues related to water scarcity and public health concerns in Gaza. These issues include limited access to clean drinking water, a lack of fuel for wastewater treatment facilities and desalination plants, overcrowding conditions that increase disease transmission rates, and insufficient vaccination coverage among children. He calls on international organizations and governments to take action to address these issues and improve living conditions for people affected by them.