A Palestinian health worker wearing a protective mask checks the body temperature of a child at a United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees school in Gaza City.(Mahmud Hams / AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian refugees have appealed to the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to take urgent precautionary measures in order to prevent a swift propagation of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Speaking on behalf of the Palestinian refugee community, a number of activists have called on UNRWA to provide refugee camps across its fields of operations with detergents, disinfectants, and paper napkins, and to carry out sterilization drives.
They said UNRWA should declare a state of emergency in its clinics and health centers in all of its fields of operations and around the clock.
The activists also stressed the need for the UN Agency to equip clinic rooms for quarantines and intensive care.
The further demanded that the Agency carry out home check-ups to identify coronavirus contaminations and transfer patients to medical quarantines.
The refugees also continue to appeal for urgent cash and food assistance to vulnerable families.
The situation of Palestinian refugees abroad has been exacerbated by the movement restrictions, closure of vital facilities, and curfews imposed by world government to prevent a further propagation of COVID-19.
The UN has identified Palestinian refugees in as one of the most marginalized and poorest communities in the MENA region.