Yemen’s health minister has warned that more than eight thousand hemodialysis patients will lose their lives if the Saudi-imposed blockade on the country persists and medical supplies run out.
Dr. Taha al-Mutawakel told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Tuesday that patients with chronic kidney diseases have to undergo three sessions of treatment weekly, but the crippling siege has resulted in the scarcity of dialysis solutions.
“Over the past four months, patients with renal failure were in need of a million sessions of dialysis; but we could not cover more than ten thousand sessions as we were in dire need of relevant solutions,” he pointed out.
Mutawakel further noted that Yemeni medical officials are doing their best to prevent the collapse of the health system in the crisis-hit Arab country.
Also on Tuesday, scores of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were killed and injured southwest of the al-Durayhimi district in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah, when Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters from Popular Committees repelled the former’s assault.
Elsewhere in the Nihm district of Sana’a province, an unspecified number of Saudi mercenaries were killed and injured when Yemeni troopers and their allies thwarted their offensive.
Yemeni forces shoot down three Saudi spy drones in Jizan
Yemeni air defense units shot down three Saudi reconnaissance drones in flight over a border area in the kingdom’s southwestern province of Jizan.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network, citing an unnamed military source, reported that the drones were shot down over the Wadi Jarrah area on Tuesday evening.