Yemen health system in state of collapse: MSF
A humanitarian organization has warned that the health system in war-stricken Yemen is close to collapsing under Saudi raids.
Thierry Goffeau, the coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders in Yemen’s southern city of Aden, issued the warning on Tuesday after a 10-week mission to Yemen.
“The population is faced with food shortages, the health system is in a state of collapse. I have never seen such a level of violence,” Goffeau said.
Meanwhile, Laurent Sury, the MSF’s head of emergencies, said transportation has been totally disrupted by Saudi Arabia’s continuing air raids.
“Women needing a Caesarian die because they cannot get to a hospital in time,” Sury said, adding, “It is very difficult to get access to the population and for the population to access hospitals as a result of the bombardments and the fighting.”
The MSF’s head of emergencies went on to say that as many as 20,000 people had been treated for injuries in the country with only half of them having received treatment.
He further noted that the MSF’s clinics in the port city of Aden alone “receive nearly 350 new patients per week.”
The warning by the MSF comes as Saudi Arabia continues to pound areas across Yemen.
The Al Saud regime launched its military aggression against Yemen – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Hadi, an ally of Riyadh.
According to UN figures, the Saudi war has killed nearly 1,900 civilians since late March. However, local sources have given a much higher death toll.