WHO: 15 million Yemenis in need of healthcare

Published June 22nd, 2015 - 04:00 GMT

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that more than 15 million people in Yemen do not have access to basic health services, as the Saudi-led coalition continues its airstrikes against the country.

According to the health organization, one million displaced people in Yemen, with a population of about 26 million, are among those in urgent need of healthcare.

The organization said over 20 million in the war-torn country do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Millions of Yemenis are threatened by a severe shortage of medication for diabetes, hypertension, and cancer, WHO said, adding that hospitals are also struggling with essential blood supplies and trauma kits.

WHO added that 53 health facilities remain closed, while there has been a 150-percent increase in hospital admissions since March. 

Dozens of health facilities have reportedly been targeted and damaged in Saudi airstrikes, while about 10 health workers have lost their lives.

WHO Representative for Yemen, Dr. Ahmed Shadoul, has warned that Yemen’s health system is “on the verge of breakdown.”

WHO earlier warned that the number of people diagnosed with dengue fever in Yemen have dramatically increased since Saudi Arabia started its military campaign against the country on March 26. The health body said more than 3,000 cases of the infection have been recorded between March 27 and June 4.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has also announced that 21 million Yemenis are in dire need of aid, adding that the country is facing “a humanitarian catastrophe.”

Riyadh started military strikes on Yemen – without a UN mandate – on March 26 in an attempt to weaken Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring the country’s former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, back to power.

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