Yemen has seen a staggering outbreak in cases after the UN cut aid to the war-torn country. There is fear the death toll in the country may rise to exceed war casualties.
The UN cut aid when appeals for f$2.42 billion was not reached and fell short by about half this week.
The head of UN humanitarian operations in Yemen, Lise Grande, told reporters “In the countdown to closure there will have to be much wider cuts to Yemen at a time when the country is now facing the growing impact of the virus pandemic on people who are already badly malnourished and ill equipped to cope with it.” Also Read– Bill Gates Donating Millions to Most Impressive Covid-19 Vaccine
She continued to say, “General health services in 189 of the country’s 369 hospitals start to close in three weeks. Water and sanitation services for 8.5 million people, including 3 million children, close in three weeks. Nutrition support for 2.5 million malnourished starving children will start to close in eight to 10 weeks.”
150 Hospitals shutdown health services for women
After hearing the news of reaching only 50% of the target of $2.42 billion, Grande told reporters, “The worst-case scenario — which is the one we’re facing now — means that the death toll from the virus could exceed the combined toll of war, disease and hunger over the last five years [in Yemen].”
In the first wave of decreased aid to the country, 150 hospitals supported by the UN shutdown health services for women giving birth. Most of the decreased aid is due to a shortfall in funding from Saudia Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.