Houthi appeal causes panic in Yemeni capital Sana'a

30 April 2020
2020-05-01 | Since 2 Week

Yemenis fear acute shortage in detection devices and ventilators in case of COVID-19 outbreak

A Houthi-released statement has caused panic in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a, one day after five COVID-19 infections were recorded in the southern port city of Aden.

The Houthi-run Supreme Council for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (SCMCHA) called on international agencies to urgently provide over 100,000 PCR tests, 15 PCR devices and 250,000 SWAP tests.

Another urgent appeal was released by SCMCHA to all UN organizations to provide medical equipment used in fighting COVID-19.

In a statement, the council deplored reports by the UN Humanitarian Coordination Office in Yemen on lack of sharing data since Houthi authorities had started measures in face of COVID-19.

The "Office's remarks are evasion from the UN humanitarian duty to the Yemeni people.

"The UN is fully responsible for its decisions and statements that could obstruct humanitarian work in Yemen," SCMCHA said.


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