The Ministry of Health publishes statistics on the number of casualties and deaths of this serious disease, which appeared in Yemen during the year 2017
The National Center for Health Education confirmed the deaths of 3906 cases of diphtheria, of which 218 died since the outbreak of the disease in Yemen again in October 2017, as a result of continuing war by the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, targeting health centers and tightening the siege and economic war on the Yemeni people.
The percentage of children (aged 1 to 14 years) is about 61 percent, and the percentage rises to 89 percent on the mortality side of children (70 percent of whom have not been vaccinated), the center said in a survey published on Friday.
The statistical indicated that 22 Yemeni provinces have been recorded where the epidemic emerg in which 237 Directorate while the top of the affected provinces are Ibb and Hodeidah provinces.
It is worth mentioning that diphtheria is an infectious bacterial disease that affects the tonsils, pharynx or larynx with a membrane attached to the tonsils that is difficult to remove and may cause death. In order to fight it, our children (aged 6 to 15 years old) should be immunized with diphtheria in health facilities and temporary sites. Do not contact the patient and isolate him in a special place until he recovers.
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.