Yemen Hospitals Struggles To Contain Swine Flu As Disease Spreads
Yemen is currently dealing with swine flu outbreak and unfortunately, hospitals cannot handle the situation for the lack of medicines and medical equipment to treat the affected individuals and avoid its spread. This situation is causing death and sending patients to critical state but the doctors can't do much about it.
The main reason why Yemen is not able to control and treat swine flu in patients is that the health system in the country continues to collapse due to the US-Saudi aggression that led to the region going under siege. Last month, Yemen's Ministry of Health listed over 300 people who were affected by the disease in provinces while the country's capital which is Sana'a recorded 50 deaths.
Urdupoint also reported that the swine flu already killed 79 People in just three months and dozens more were infected with the H1N1 virus. It was the representative of the Houthi Health Ministry, Youssef Hadiri, who revealed this fact last week.
"79 people infected with H1N1 or swine flu have died since its emergence three months ago in 81 districts across Yemen," the rep said.
It was further stated that currently, there are 372 cases of swine flu in Yemen and doctors said that 80 percent of the infected people are at risk of dying as Yemen does not have the medication needed to cure them. Experts warned that a major health disaster could happen if the Yemeni government will act fast to stop the spread of the H1N1 virus.
The Health Ministry admitted that the spread of the flu virus in provinces is very fast and the Yemeni officials fear that the winter will worsen the situation because this kind of weather is conducive to the dispersal of the virus, Mint Press News reported.
If the virus is not stopped from spreading, it will result in another health disaster in Yemen that is already gripped with the cholera endemic. Yemen has no vaccines for swine flu and with the hospitals' inability to cope with the illness, the outbreak may become more severe. Likewise, the health crisis may be much harder to control and numerous deaths will be unavoidable, and this is a big threat to the country's population.
The attacks led by Saudi had deliberately destroyed the health facilities in Yemen. More than three years of airstrikes had left the territory with few barely functioning health centers and hospitals and based on the records, around 318 medical facilities were damaged or totally ruined since the violence started in 2015. As a result, most of the illnesses like the swine flu are hard to treat.