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Published Date: Saturday 23 May 2020 - 14:23:37
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Yemen's health system 'has collapsed' as coronavirus spreads: UN

Yemen's health system 'has collapsed' as coronavirus spreads: UN
World  - The new coronavirus is believed to be spreading throughout Yemen, where the healthcare system "has in effect collapsed", the United Nations has warned as it appealed for urgent funding.


"Aid agencies in Yemen are operating on the basis that community transmission is taking place across the country," Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a Geneva briefing on Friday.


"We hear from many of them that Yemen is really on the brink right now. The situation is extremely alarming; they are talking about that the health system has in effect collapsed," he said.

Aid workers report having to turn people away because they do not have enough medical oxygen or sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment, Laerke said.


The main coronavirus treatment centre in southern Yemen has recorded at least 68 deaths in just over two weeks, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF), the medical charity running the site, said on Thursday.

The figure - more than double the toll announced by Yemeni authorities so far - suggested "a wider catastrophe unfolding in the city", MSF said.

 

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