Health Research, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Mar  2021, Pages 22-31; DOI:

Assessment of Disaster Preparedness at Shohada Al Aqsa Hospital in Gaza Strip

Health Research, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Mar  2021, Pages 22-31.


Tamer Salameh El Qadoud 1,2* , Yousef Ibrahim Aljeesh 3 , Mohammed Jabradar Nimer 1,4

1 Faculty of Graduate Studies, Albutana University, Sudan

2 Planning and Policy Formulation Unit, Ministry of Health, Gaza, Palestine

3 Faculty of Nursing, Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza, Palestine

4 Faculty Dean of Nursing Sciences, International University of Africa (IUA), Khartoum, Sudan

Received: 25 December 2020; Accepted: 28 January 2021; Published: 15 February 2021

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Gaza Strip is frequently living under unstable security situations, which raised the need to have emergency plans to enable hospitals to handle the increased casualties. Aim: This study aimed to assess Shohada Al Aqsa hospital preparedness for disasters. Methods: The study utilized descriptive, observational design. For data collection, the researcher used the modified Hospital Disaster Preparedness Assessment Tool developed by The American College of Emergency Physicians 2017. Results: The results showed that the average availability of safety and security measures was 77.8%, the average availability of logistics was 68.75%, the average availability of readiness and training was 59.52%, the average usage of triage system was 95.25%, and the average availability of communications, warning, and notification was 89.57%. Conclusion and recommendations: the results reflected a generally moderate level of preparedness for disasters. These findings must be considered as preliminary to further studies to improve the level of hospitals preparedness for crisis and disastrous events. The study recommended the need to conduct exercises and drills of the emergency plan to empower staffs knowledge and skills in managing emergency events more effectively.


Preparedness, Disaster, Gaza Strip, Logistics, Communication


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