Yemen’s Health Care Suffers a Huge Blow

April 12, 2019

The health-care system in war-ravaged Yemen has been dealt with “a severe blow” by the moratorium of patients’ admissions to a hospital in Aden, which is run by the charity Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF), after the kidnapping and murder of a patient.

MSF is one of the very few aid agencies, which is still working in Yemen that is presently in its fifth year of civil war between Houthi militia and Saudi-headed coalition forces. Last month, the United Nations stated that eight children a day were being either killed or wounded in Yemen, regardless of a peace deal endorsed by the two sides late last year in Stockholm (News, December 2018).

A statement issued by MSF stated that a group of armed men entered the hospital premise and kidnapped a patient, who was waiting for a surgery. The man was found dead later in the streets.
Caroline Seguin from MSF stated that the charity had no other option but to stop admitting new patients; however, it would carry on treating those who are inside the hospital. They are terribly worried by the declining situation inside Aden and their results over the medical activities, as incidents like these threaten the lives of both patients as well as staff.

The Archdeacon in the Gulf, the Ven. Dr Bill Schwartz, called the moratorium of admissions as a “severe blow to the healthcare system” in Yemen.
The Anglican Church, Christ Church, Aden, manages the Ras Morbat clinic within its compound, and has “good collaboration” with the MSF, sometimes healing patients sent over by the charity.

The United States Congress has passed a verdict to end US mediation in Yemen. It offers logistical support to the coalition, apart from providing arms sales. The judgment, however, needs to be signed off by US President Trump, and he has intimidated to veto it.

Dr Schwartz said Yemeni patients from a part of society that nobody pays attention to. The UN has stated that ten million Yemenis are just a step away from famine, and another ten million are facing food insecurity.

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