The city of Taiz, southwest of Yemen, has not received the attention of the Yemeni government, with the exception of anxious statements and directives that have not been implemented in the city, which has been under a five-year siege, and which has been suffering fatal epidemics.
This has been told Debriefer news agency by a number of Taiz's sons, who recently staged protests against the corruption of the administrative and military authorities and demanded better public services, especially health.
Garbage has been piling up in Taiz's neighborhoods, and its main streets, in very large quantities for several months. The city has become an incubator and breeding ground for epidemic diseases such as dengue, cholera and malaria.
The health office announced a state of emergency in Taiz on Wednesday to cope with a recent dengue epidemic in the city.
The number of dengue cases has reached more than 5,200 since the beginning of 2019, in addition to the monitoring of 4 deaths, said Tayseer al-Same'i, deputy director of information and health education at the Ministry of Health's office in Taiz.
In the face of an outbreak of dengue, the Taiz health office merely continued "mist spraying" as part of a campaign targeting all neighborhoods of the city to combat mosquitoes carrying diets, while piles of garbage are still piled in the streets and neighborhoods of the city.
Al-Same'i said 12 health centers were equipped to receive fever-infected cases, a 24-hour operation room and government hospitals.
In a late reaction, Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik on Tuesday ordered the Ministry of Health and the local authority in Taiz to take all necessary measures to combat dengue fever in Taiz.
Abdulmalik's instructions came after he met with Taiz Governor Nabil Shamsan in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
Demonstrations demanding the dismissal of Taiz's administrative and military leaders, led by Governor Nabil Shamsan, appeared to have been behind Shamsan's visit to Riyadh and meeting with the prime minister after he came from the Egyptian capital, where he has been since April.
In June, the number of confirmed cholera epidemics rose to 12 cases at Al-Thawra General Hospital in the center of Taiz city, while 158 cases of acute watery diarrhea suspected of cholera reached a number of health centers in the city.
The Taiz Health Office reported 63 deaths from the cholera epidemic in the first half of this year.
A report by the Department of Epidemiological Surveillance at the Taiz Health Office said 22,200 cases of acute watery diarrhea and cholera were detected in the first half of 2019.
It is not only epidemics that kill people in Taiz, but the negligence of the authorities, as well as the siege and the impact of the war, which affected all sectors and facilities and health services, during the bloody and devastating 5 years.