Houthis declare emergency over epidemics in western Yemen

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2019-11-13 | Since 4 Year

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The Houthi authorities have declared internal emergency to fight dengue fever and malaria following spread the epidemics in the Yemeni western governorate of Hodeida.

116,552 verified cases and other 500,000 suspected cases of malaria and some 23,000 cases of dengue fever have been registered, Houthi health minister said.

11 deaths have been verified and other 51 reported to be as a result of dengue fever, the Sana'a-based Saba quoted Taha al-Mutawakil as saying.

The health ministry had already warned against the "spread of diseases in Hodeida during the rainy season and amid deteriorated infrastructure because of aggression," Minister Mutawakil added at the launch of a campaign to combat the viruses in Hodeida and parts of Dhamar, Taiz, Ibb, Rayma and Hajjah governorates.

"Most of the diseases and epidemics are transmitted from areas under occupation," he claimed hinting at provinces held by the Yemeni internationally-recognized government, as his ministry "works on two (preventive and therapeutic) courses."

Yemen has been racked by a 4.5-year war between the Iranian-backed Houthis and the Saudi-backed government, triggering what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22 million people in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.


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