WHO warns of this crisis after the war by the Saudi-led coaliton on Yemen
At least 35,000 people in Yemen are facing an early death due to the lack of adequate cancer treatment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Tuesday, Anadolu has reported.
“Cancer could be a death sentence in Yemen unless treated,” the WHO wrote on its twitter account. “An estimated 35K people will die from #Cancer, if treatment is no longer provided as a consequence of no funding. No more cancer treatment drastically increases the number of lives that will be lost to this disease.” Around 12 per cent of those suffering from cancer are children, added the organisation.
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.