The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Houthis’ government in Sana’a has warned of a major health catastrophe due to the lack of oil derivatives.
The health ministry blamed the United Nations and the states of Saudi-led coalition for daily deaths due to the deteriorating health situation as a result of the war and the blockade and preventing oil ships from entering Yemen.
Dr. Taha al-Mutawakkil confirmed in a statement to Houthis-run Saba news agency that Yemen is on the brink of a major health catastrophe if the coalition countries continue to prevent oil ships from entering Yemen.
He said, ” We sound the alarm, especially after a partial stoppage of three oxygen factories, which exposes thousands of patients to death, especially those in intensive care rooms in isolation centers, hospitals, and others, which means that we are facing a crime that the Saudi coalition bears its responsibility by seizing the oil ships and the United Nations bears its responsibility for its silence.”
He pointed out that the blockade imposed on Yemen and hindering of oil ships further exacerbated the health situation, in addition to the bombardment and destruction of the health sector by the war.
The Minister Al-Mutawakkil indicated that hospitals depend entirely on oil derivatives in providing them with energy to operate medical, diagnostic, and therapeutic devices, moving ambulances and emergency vehicles, and transporting doctors, paramedics, and health workers.
He expressed his concern about the stoppage of operating rooms, intensive care, emergencies, diagnostic and therapeutic methods, laboratories and incubators in all hospitals and health centers as a result of the interruption of the sources of electrical energy supply, explaining that preventing oil derivatives undermines the process of facing the Coronavirus in isolation centers in various provinces.
A statement issued by the Ministry confirmed that preventing the entry of oil derivatives would turn hospitals into cemeteries in light of running out of fuel and stopping ambulance services.
The shortages of oil derivatives threaten to stop many hospitals from providing treatment and diagnostic services, laboratories, operating rooms, intensive care, dialysis centers, emergencies, and others, the statement read.
It called on human rights organizations to quickly move and pressure the coalition countries to allow ships of oil and food to enter into Yemen, especially as they are subject to United Nations inspections.
The shortages of oil derivatives threaten to stop many hospitals from providing treatment and diagnostic services, laboratories, operating rooms, intensive care, dialysis centers, emergencies, and others, the statement added.
The statement indicated that the Saudi-led coalition intentionally kills Yemenis by preventing the entry of ships of oil derivatives into Yemen in compound crimes added to its previous series of crimes committed against the Yemeni people.
More than 30 central and rural hospitals condemned the Criminal arrogance of the Saudi coalition countries in preventing oil derivatives from entering Yemen, exposing the country to a new health disaster.
Hospitals confirmed in statements that many departments are at risk of stopping as a result of depletion of oil derivatives, which put the lives of patients, especially children and women, at risk of death.