HIGHLIGHTING HEALTH SITUATION IN YEMEN

Health situation in Yemen, particularly of children, has seen double deterioration, since the Houthi militias and the forces loyal to deposed president Saleh, usurped power in Sanaa.

This deteriorating situation led to a considerable drop in the country's general services, particularly in the health field, whereas, they dared to prevent the delivery of medical aid and destroyed a number of medical facilities and institutions, according to Yemeni official reports.

The reports, issued by the Security Council, documented violations of the militias using centralised hospitals, clinics and medical facilities for military purposes.

The reports verified 59 incidents, including attacks on 34 hospitals, in Aden and Taiz, attributed to rebels, specifically, out of them, six on medical facilities, ten times in Aden, and three health facilities in Taiz, in 23 separate incidents.

Most recently, the UN undersecretary for humanitarian affairs, Stephen O'Bryan, was barred from inspecting health and medical institutions in besieged Taiz.

Meanwhile, Riyadh-based King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, is leading international efforts for the rehabilitation of hospitals and the health sector in Yemen, through organised programmes for the provision of medical services, affected by the chaos the coup has created in the country.

The Riyadh-based Centre has sent more than 58 trucks, carrying more than 600 tonnes of medical and therapeutic supplies, to all Yemeni provinces, starting with Aden and Marib.

Funded by the Centre and in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), King Salman Centre managed to open many Centres, as part of the therapeutic nutrition programme and published several mobile teams, providing medical treatment and following-up cases of acute malnutrition, continuously.

In the cities of Al-Dhalea and Shabwa, the Centre managed to provide training for 3,153 health workers on the social management of acute malnutrition, opened 854 Centres of treating nutrition programmes, deployed new mobile teams all over Yemen, and provided treatment for 258,067 children suffering from acute malnutrition.

The Centre also formed 29 new mobile teams to reach remote areas, with more than 2,800 duties, provided vaccines for 8,111 children suffering from malnutrition and provided vitamins to some 73,000 children.

In the health field, the Centre has provided support for the implementation of five integrated activities, including immunisation, reproductive health services, antenatal care and postnatal care, in addition to integrated management of childhood illnesses, in addition to doing scans to 1,221,811 children, to ascertain the extent of their disease.

The Centre also provided five-time anti-measles vaccines for 261,000 Yemeni children, services for pregnant women and post-delivery care for 222,659 women. The Centre supported the operational activities project for 145 mobile teams to provide vaccination supplies and integrated services for childhood disease contractors, pregnancy care and post-delivery services for 409,037 children and 387,435 women, consecutively.

The Centre also purchased high-voltage diesel-powered generators, in addition to 45 solar-powered cooling units, to be utilised in the pharmaceutical storage facilities in the provinces and districts, as well as, providing psychological support for 106,314 children, including 57,620 males and 48,694 females.

With the support of the Centre, an epidemic of dengue fever was dealt with through electronic system for early warning of diseases in 1,242 health regions, covering 312 directorates, training of 2,500 health workers, affiliated to disease discovery and early warning Centres, implementation of pesticides spraying, which included several provinces and the operating of hot communication lines to notify for emergencies and disease eruptions, including dengue fever.

The Centre also provided 12,000,000 vaccines for Yemeni children against measles and rubella diseases and tetanus and whooping cough.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK