Dengue fever and malaria adds to Yemen’s woes


Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 13 December 2017| 24 Rabi ul Awal 1439

A senior UN official has called for parties involved in the war in Yemen to allow “sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access” for the millions of Yemenis facing famine and battling disease.

The situation is steadily deteriorating, with cases of malaria, dengue fever and diphtheria starting to appear in health centres around the country.

Aid workers say the continuing Saudi-led blockade, which began in October in response to a missile fired by the Houthis towards Riyadh, is limiting vital supplies of fuel, food and medicine, making treatment of the afflicted almost impossible.

“The lives of millions of people, including 8.4 million Yemenis who are a step away from famine, hinge on our ability to continue our operations and to provide health, safe water, shelter and nutrition support,” Jamie McGoldrick, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said in a statement on Monday.

The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced three million, according to the UN.

Source – MEMO