#YemenCantWait: In war-torn country, citizens stare at staggering healthcare crisis

The number of people who need healthcare services in Yemen is increasing every year. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that more than 50 per cent for Yemen’s population are in need of healthcare services

#YemenCanWait: Yemenis facing staggering food and healthcare crisis
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The healthcare and hunger crisis in Yemen is putting Yemenis on the edge of death every day. The hashtag on twitter ‘#YemenCantWait’ is informing the world about food and healthcare crisis in the country.

Only 2 per cent of Yemen is arable and it was completely dependent on import of food even before war. Saudi Arabia’s recent blockade on Yemen has threatened healthcare and food for many more lives.

In one of the tweet, a citizen of Yemen mention, “If they don’t die by airstrike, they are going to die by hunger and malnutrition. This is how children’s life in Yemen.” With the same hashtag (#YemenCantWait), people have started fund raising campaigns to buy food for children.

One of the tweets has mentioned survey figures on chronic diseases, which says that seven lakh people did not receive any medicine. A tweet by the WHO says, ‘Millions in Yemen are at risk of mental health concerns that are fuelled by the conflict such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Such issues should be addressed as the suffering continues.’

In one of the tweets it is mentioned, ‘In Yemen, more than half of the health facilities that could provide first line of treatment are non-functional, keeping over 16 million people in need of basic health care including over 8 million children.’

A recent WHO tweet mentions, ‘despite restrictions, WHO continues to fill critical gaps in hospitals and health facilities in Yemen, but millions of people remain in dire need of healthcare.’

In another it says, ‘As the conflict continues, Yemen’s health care system is moving towards abyss.’

On the cholera related tweet WHO says, “Burdened by largest documented cholera outbreak in the modern history, millions of people in Yemen are cut off of clean water and waste collection has ceased in major cities. The health system is on the verge of collapse and shortage of medical supplies is persistent.’

On medical supplies, WHO tweet says, ‘This year, WHO has expanded its operation in Yemen, airlifting and shipping hundreds of tons of essential medicines and medical supplies. Most hospitals in the country are totally dependent on these supplies to keep providing services to those in need.’