Epidemics take their toll on Aden

Epidemics take their toll on Aden

Alsahwa Net- Outbreaks of several epidemics have taken their heavy toll on lives of people in Aden amid deteriorating health service and growing number of deaths.

Heavy rains that hit Aden mid last month led to the reemergence of several infections including cholera, dengue fever, malaria and chikungunya.

The city witnessed these epidemics during the past five years, but, the city experiences for the first time, the spread of Coronavirus which overwhelms the capacity of the local health system.

Hospitals of the city shut down following fears of catching the coronavirus by health workers when receiving cases.

The action left thousands of people vulnerable to deaths from other preventable diseases since access to health care has been denied over the spread of the COVID-19.

Dozens of deaths are being reported every day in the city amid collapsing public service.  

Rainwater that pooled on streets and wastewater that overflew down roads remain unresolved since mid-last month amid growing conflict between the government and the separation rebels on management of the city.

“Health facilities do not function anymore amid shortage of medical supply. They closed following the spread of corona,” said Hani Ibrahim, a resident of Al-Tawahi district in Aden.

He said that spreads of other epidemics such as malaria and dengue fever has brought additional burden on the health system and hindered adequate response to the health issues.

Known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC), the armed separatists declared late last April self-rule of south Yemen but failed to address the spread of epidemics or restore the public service.

Nasser Gharama, a resident of Carter District, said that the de facto STC’s authority in Aden and the health ministry went silent over the outbreak of epidemics.

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