Companies which provide meals to patients in hospitals in the besieged Gaza Strip have stopped catering to medical centres because they have not been paid for months, a Ministry of Health spokesperson revealed yesterday.
Speaking to Quds Press, Ashraf Al-Qidra said the government of national accord in occupied Ramallah had not settled the catering companies' payments.
"Hundreds of patients are now without food," Al-Qidra said, adding that the Ministry of Finance had not responded to requests made weeks ago to settle the companies' dues.
He said that patients in the hospitals in Gaza need 86,000 meals a year at a cost of 6 million shekels ($1.7 million).
Last year, Gaza could not cover the cost of the meals and obtained funding from charities.