Devastated by war and now COVID-19 – Yemen’s cry for help [VIDEO]

The number of cases currently stands at 902, with 244 reported fatalities and 271 recoveries.

A boy walks as he collects toys from the rubble of a house destroyed by a recent airstrike in Yemen’s northwestern city of Saada May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer – RTX1ET4O

Devastated by the ceaseless war, Yemen’s healthcare system is in no way capable of combating the coronavirus and is already on the brink of collapse.

The number of cases currently stands at 902, with 244 reported fatalities and 271 recoveries. However, the United Nations has expressed concerns over a lack of equipment for testing, rendering the actual numbers undetermined.

The spokesperson for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHO), Jens Laerke, addressed the urgency of the situation in a recent briefing. He described how potential carriers of the infection might be oblivious to their status because they were being denied test procedures.

A displaced Yemeni child who fled the fightings is pictured at a makeshift camp in the district of Abs, in Yemen’s northwestern Hajjah province on June 10, 2019.

The Yemeni healthcare system, accompanied by a crippled economy, is almost entirely dependent on aid. Mr. Laerke, therefore, stressed for immediate financial assistance. He asked international organizations to come to assistance promptly so that the programs initiated to battle the virus could proceed.

We are urging the donors to pledge generously and those who have given the indication of pledges to actually pay early…

We are looking at three-quarters of the programs which may close or significantly reduce in the coming weeks if we do not get an urgent injection of funds

The impoverished population has suffered the brunt of several other outbreaks previously and is especially prone to this one. It is, thereby, imperative that something is done to mitigate the situation.

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