Wednesday, 21 October 2015

21st Oct 2015, medical situation in Saada hospital in Yemen now desperate, many children in need of urgent treatment

On 21st October 2015, journalists visited the hospital in Saada in Yemen and found a desperate situation due to the continued Saudi led coalition airstrikes and blockade.

The following video states:

Children are suffering from diseases whilst their families stand by helpless, unable to help. Some children are born disfigured, while others are threatened to die due to a shortage of medicine, because hospitals have exhausted most of their reserves of medical supplies. In Saada, there are currently 40 children waiting to be treated. These children may die before medication is available, as Saada is suffering from a shortage of medicine, and lack of incubators and ICU facilities. Suffering children are having to be transferred from hospitals in the capital Sanaa, risking death by KSA bombardment during the journey.

There are cases of malnutrition and fainting, chest allergies and psychological disorders, such as anxiety and bed-wetting are reported. Cases of suffocation from poisonous gases, causing various diseases, and food poisoning are widespread. They are the result of the thousands of missiles and cluster bombs, banned chemicals, and other unknown ammunition. Many of these weapons cause a wide range of side effects shown on patients’ bodies as well as on food, agriculture and livestock. Food contamination has severe indirect effects on infants, transferred via their mother’s milk.

The health sector in Saada is nearly non-existent, the Saudi aggression has destroyed 90% of the hospitals, health centres, clinics, medicine warehouses, and doctors’ residences. Saudi blockades are also preventing the entrance of medicine, medical supplies, and food. Doctors are appealing to the international community for medical support.

Ref: 15102101

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