MSF: Malaria outbreak looms in Yemen

MSF: Malaria outbreak looms in Yemen

Alsahwa Net-Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned on Saturday against malaria outbreak in Yemen.

The MSF Yemen Twitter account said that the rainy season which started mid this month in the country, increases the risk of malaria.

The MSF caution against malaria spread coincided with the World Malaria Day which was celebrated on 25 April in recognition and promotion of global efforts to control the disease.

Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In 2018, 405,000 people died worldwide of malaria and an estimated 228 million malaria cases were reported globally, the WHO said.

“While most countries of the world are fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, Yemen in addition struggles with numerous other infectious diseases and neglected tropical diseases such as malaria,” the MSF said.

It added that “While Yemen is currently preparing for a possible spread of the Covid-19 the rest of the health system needs to be kept running, or else we can expect a rise in deaths from other diseases such as malaria.”

In 2019, the MSF treated 13,093 malaria cases in several Yemeni governorate: including Hodeida, Hajja, Ibb, Taiz, and Amran.

Heavy rains and flooding hit several Yemeni governorates in the past few days which resulted into human casualty and property damage.

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