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WHO ship 500 tons of medicine to Yemen

Published on 06/09/18 at 10:50am
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has airlifted more than 500 tons of medicines to Yemen over the previous month in an effort to ensure that those affected by the prolonged Saudi Arabian intervention have access to life saving medicines.

The shipments, that were sent to Sana’a airport, in the Middle Eastern country’s largest city, contain various medical supplies including anti-cancer drugs, nutrition kits and surgical instruments. Nutrition kits are particularly vital in combatting the famine in Yemen which is a direct result of the Saudi Arabian led intervention and blockade. The famine has caused widespread despair with more than 50,000 children dying from starvation in Yemen in 2017 alone.

“This prolonged war has caused many of the acute health needs to go unmet, due to severe shortages of life-saving medical supplies, which is why the arrival of these life-saving cargos has been critical to the response,” said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Representative to Yemen.

As of now only 50% of the country’s healthcare facilities are functioning. However even those facilities that are functioning face severe shortages and lack of funds.

The WHO commented in a statement that: “Nearly 16.4 million people require assistance to ensure adequate access to healthcare, and the scale of struggle keeps mounting, with more people joining the list of sufferings. Chronic diseases, noncommunicable diseases, malnutrition, and preventable diseases continue to plague people. Tripling our efforts is not even enough, we need to do the impossible to relieve the pain of civilians who are facing unimaginable hardships.”

Louis Goss

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