COVID-19 killed almost 100 medical workers in Yemen

COVID-19 killed almost 100 medical workers in Yemen

Alsahwa Net- A new international report said that about 100 doctors and medical workers have died in Yemen after contracting coronavirus.

US-based charity Med Global, alongside Project Hope and the University of Illinois, reported that there were at least 1,610 confirmed cases and 446 deaths from Covid-19 in Yemen, according to UK-based Middle East Eye news website which quoted the report.

It said that according to the Chicago-based charity, the mortality rate stood at 27 percent, five times greater than the global average.

"In this uniquely dire context, when one medical professional dies, the effect is exponential and extends to their entire community," the charity said in the report.

The deaths of the 97 medical workers - which include epidemiologists, medical directors, and midwives - has dealt a devastating blow to a country plagued by five years of war and conflict.

With only half of the country's medical facilities functioning, and fewer than 10 medics for every 10,000 people, Yemen was more than 50 percent below the basic health coverage benchmark outlined by the World Health Organization, Med Global said.

It quoted Nahla Arishi, a Yemeni pediatrician in Aden as saying that "Covid-19 shook countries with advanced health systems and services.  What will it do to a country like Yemen that has lived in the shadow of war for five years?,"

According to the report, about 18 percent of the country's 33 districts have no doctors, with several people having died as they waited in hospital lobbies.

Earlier this month, a Yemeni doctor chronicled his experience in The New Humanitarian, detailing how the virus had affected the southern port city of Aden.

"I never expected to see what is happening right now, here in Aden.   The situation is insane. People are falling down, one by one, like dominoes," he said.

"People are still afraid, and they hate to hear the name of the virus.  Even some medical staff won’t say it in public, like it's cursed,” he added.

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