Saudi-led coalition pushes thousands of Yemeni to death
Thousands of Yemeni patients suffering from diseases risk dying unless dialysis centers across the war-ravaged country receive adequate supplies and their employees are paid.
Minister of Public Health and Population Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakil said that as much as 40,000 cases of tumours have been recorded each year in Yemen, adding the Saudi-led coalition bombing is one of the most important reasons for the high incidence of tumours, he said.
” Over 20,000 people die every year from cancer-related tumours due to lack of health services and lack of treatment as a result of the siege imposed by of the US-backed Saudi-led aggression on Yemen,” Taha Al-Mutawakil said during a press conference in Sanaa.
al-Mutawakil , earlier,said that more than 300 children with leukemia need to travel abroad for treatment urgently,inspecting a number of critical cases of children patients suffering leukemia at the Academic Kuwait Hospital in the capital Sanaa.
Over 50 cancer medical items have become unavailable across the country, while importing them is highly challenging due to the ongoing war and blockade.
Monthly treatment for each cancer patient costs $3,000, while many patients who can afford the expenses are not even sure if they can receive the next dose of their medicine a week later as cancer therapy centers are running out of necessary supplies.
The Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population , for his part, launched urgently appeal to help in saving 207 Kidney dialysis patients in Hajjah and Sanaa governorates, calling on the World Health, MSF, Red Cross Organizations to response to help the ministry to save their lives.
In addition ,more than 500 patients with renal failure are expected to die inside the dialysis center of Ibb province in the coming days due to the scarcity of basic materials needed to perform dialysis sessions for the patients
Dr. Taha called on the international community to press the coalition to open Sanaa International Airport in order to allow patients to travel and save the lives of children with diseases.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.