WHO issues medical support to Yemen

WHO issues medical support to Yemen.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced this past week that the organization will be sending medical supplies and fuel to health services in Yemen to prevent their shutdown as conflict in the country continues.

“The situation is alarming,” Dr. Ahmed Shadoul, WHO representative for Yemen, said. “The health crisis is deepening as more health facilities run out of basic supplies and more hospitals and blood-transfusion centers stop functioning. Health facilities are operating at minimum capacity. These supplies are a crucial lifeline. Without support, many hospitals would close down, preventing millions of people from accessing health."

According to the announcement, the current situation in Yemen has been ongoing for six months; the organization predicts that medical needs will increase. On top of conflict-related issues, there is the risk of dengue fever in the area. According to the WHO, there have been 1,600 cases reported in Taiz, a city in Yemen.
   
In response to this, the WHO plans to deliver approximately 745,000 liters of fuel and 200 tons of critical medical supplies. The organization has also been successful in supporting three surgery units at Zaid Hospital in Sana'a.
   
“These tasks are not easily accomplished in the midst of relentless violence,” Shadoul said. "We need protection and safety for all people working to provide healthcare." 

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