Houthi health ministry accuses UN agencies of procrastination

2019-12-11 | Since 4 Month

Sana'a - Yemen - The Houthi-run ministry of health in Sana'a on

Wednesday 12-11-2019 criticized the UN and other international organizations, active in Yemeni areas under the group's control, for breaching their agreements.

International organizations have provided only US$ 2 million to operate ambulance system, while the actual needs amount to 27 million dollars, the ministry said at press conference in Sana'a.

"The international assistances haven't exceeded 9 percent" of the lifesaving system's needs, according to the rebel-run al-Masyra TV.

As part of the assistances provided to health sector, operating expenses have recorded the highest percentage of more than 50% of the total cost, the ministry claimed, accusing the organizations of using 60% of the assistances as operating expenses.

The percentage of organizations' response to the health sector's needs of equipment has been 4%, it added.

"We need 500 million dollars in the therapeutic medicine, and 400 million for the essential healthcare."

The organizations have provided inoperative, noncompliant to technical specifications and exhausted medical equipment, the ministry claimed.

The ministry has rejected "organizations' work in violation of agreements with them, health minister told reporters, noting that they had to work under his ministry's vision and supervision.

Dr. Taha al-Mutawakil accused the UN of delaying the provision of one cardiac device, and the Saudi-led coalition of preventing suppliers from importing that device.

"The ministry cannot verify the figures mentioned in the invoices of abroad purchases," he said, as the organizations "have covered only 19% of the health sector's needs."

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"93% of the medical equipment is now out of service or has exceeded their life expectancy," according to Mutawakil.

6,000 women die of pregnancy and delivery complications, and at least 1,000 children die daily. "There is genocide for a whole generation."

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally-recognized government late in 2014.

Yemen 4.5-year war has pushed the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

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