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5K kidney failure patients may die in Yemen

Abdullatif al-Washali
Press TV, Sana'a

Yemeni patients’ struggle for life is worsening amid the ongoing Saudi war, especially for those with chronic diseases such as kidney failure. Yemen’s health officials warn that over thousands of kidney patients may die if they don’t go abroad for treatment.

The Saudi-led war on Yemen has devastated the country's health care system so that individuals with chronic diseases don’t have access to life-saving treatment. Yemen's Ministry of Health says the number of kidney patients has exceeded 4,850 -- most of them may die if they don’t get the chance to travel abroad for a kidney transplant.

The number of dialysis centers in Yemen is not enough to meet the needs, with patients having to wait for hours for dialysis sessions. Most of the centers has to reduce the number of dialysis sessions for each patient to cope with the large number of patients. The fuel crisis in Yemen is also piling up pressure on hospitals, forcing many dialysis centers to close down.

The closure of Sana'a International Airport has also led to the death of thousands of patients, including children, who needed to travel abroad for treatment unavailable in Yemen, especially amid the collapse of the health care system in the country due to the ongoing Saudi war and blockade.

The Saudi-led war in Yemen is taking a heavy toll on the health sector, limiting patients’ access to critical care especially those with chronic diseases.



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