ACTNews, SANA’A – Lack of access to proper healthcare continues to negatively affect the population in Yemen. The ongoing conflict has added the number of vulnerable population in the country, including children who live in the conflict-ridden areas and the IDP camps.
According to the latest data, almost 1,000 Yemeni children in Hamdan District have been suffering from chronic diseases. Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) stated that the volunteers found out about this when they provided free medical services in Hamdan District.
“The total number of the patients in Hamdan District was 942, all children under the age of 5. All of them suffer from chronic diseases. Some suffer from worm infestations, heart diseases, immune-related diseases, liver and spleen inflammation, malnutrition and even cancer,” said Faradiba.
The ACT medical service in Yemen has been going on for five months since December 2018. The free medical services are held in different locations. The most recent medical service was held in Qa’a Al-Earah Clinic in Hamdan District, Sana’a Governorate, Yemen.
Faradiba said that the free medical services also benefit pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who need regular medical treatments. The lack of proper medical facilities has also negatively affected the mothers.
The number of women who suffer from chronic diseases in Hamdan District has reached the staggering amount of 430. Their diseases also affect the fetuses.
“Some of the women are suffering from health conditions caused by abnormal labor. It shows that the Yemeni women also need medical attention, for themselves, their fetuses and their reproductive health,” said Faradiba.
According to the latest report by Reliefweb, by April 30 2019, the humanitarian crisis caused by prolonged conflict in Yemen has become the world’s largest emergency situation, where over 24.1 million residents in need of humanitarian assistance.
The economic deterioration continues, with the riyal losing nearly 50 percent of its value since September 2018, and affected families struggling to purchase food. Only 15 percent of children are eating the minimum acceptable diet for survival, growth, and development.