During a press conference held by the Liver Medicine and Research Center at the Republican Hospital in the capital Sana'a, on the impact of the blockade on patients with the liver and digestive system, the head of the center Dr. Mohammad al-Haymi explained that the blockade increased the rates of diseases and cancers of the liver, bowel and colon cancers.
“Liver diseases increased under siege and aggression by thirty percent compared to what they were before the aggression, especially immune hepatitis in the young age group,” Al-Haimi said. He stressed that the remnants of weapons and the bombing of Yemen’s cities are one of the reasons for the increase in the incidence of liver diseases.
He pointed out that thirty nine percent of Yemenis are infected with viral hepatitis B and C, while the US-Saudi aggression prevents the regular provision of vaccines and the entry of radiological diagnostic devices.
For his part, Dr. Mohammad Taher Jahaf, head of the Republican Hospital Authority, pointed out that there are 11 million Yemenis suffering from liver diseases and liver failure.
The statement of the Liver Medicine and Research Center indicated that 18,000 Yemenis are in urgent need of liver transplantation. It called for the opening of a direct line from Sana'a Airport to India, as it is a developed destination for liver transplantation, and due to the inability of the liver patient to bear the long hours of travel.
It held the aggression responsible for more deaths among patients with the liver and the digestive system, if it continued to delay lifting the siege on Sana'a Airport.
The center indicated that there is an increase in diseases of the digestive system, infections and cancers of the esophagus, stomach and colon as a result of the effects of the blockade and injuries resulting from shells and missiles.
It pointed out that the blockade hinders the arrival of original medicines and medical supplies for diseases of the digestive system, liver, and viral hepatitis, which has caused many deaths and the deterioration of thousands of cases.
The Liver Medicine and Research Center stressed the importance of restoring direct shipment of medicines through Sana'a Airport to provide essential medicines for diseases of the liver and digestive system.
He called on international organizations to support liver patients with basic medicines, and to support the health sector to withstand the disastrous effects of the blockade for nine years.
The US-Saudi aggression imposes a suffocating blockade on Yemen and closes ports and airports to increase the suffering of the Yemeni People and create deteriorating living and economic conditions. It is trying to barter the humanitarian aspect to obtain political and military gains at the expense of the Yemeni People.
The blockade has caused tremendous suffering for millions of Yemenis who are largely dependent on imports of food, fuel and medicines. It is one of the main reasons for the large-scale humanitarian crisis in the country that has pushed millions of Yemenis toward starvation and death due to lack of medical supplies, prompting the UN to call it the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
On 9 August 2016, the Saudi-led coalition imposed restrictions on Yemen’s airspace resulting in the closure of Sana’a airport to commercial flights, trapping millions of Yemenis in a war zone and preventing the free movement of humanitarian and commercial goods from entering through this route. As a result, thousands of Yemenis with long-term health conditions such as cancer, kidney, liver and blood conditions have died while waiting for treatment unavailable in Yemen.
The closure of the airport has also led to an almost complete halt to commercial cargo such as medicine, medical supplies and equipment coming into the country. Coupled with restrictions on Hodeidah port, this has caused prices of some medicine to double, making it unaffordable for most of the population and further contributing to the decline of Yemen’s health system, already decimated by the aggression.
With the beginning of the truce in last April, the aggression tried to evade its commitment to open Sana'a airport and make flights only to one destination, Jordan, and for a very limited number.
Sana'a confirmed more than once that the continued closure of Sana'a airport proves the lack of seriousness of theUS-Saudi aggression to bring peace to Yemen.
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