A doctor in Sanaa: Measles is on its way to becoming an epidemic

English - Wednesday 08 March 2023 الساعة 06:22 pm
Sana'a, NewsYemen, exclusive:

 A doctor in Sana'a has warned of measles becoming an epidemic among children, similar to the Corona epidemic, in light of the campaign launched by the Houthi group against vaccines and preventing access to them.

The doctor at Al-Thawra General Hospital in Sana'a, Jamal Abdul-Mughni, said in a post on "Facebook" that measles is on its way to transforming "from sick cases that are received in the hospital into a very widespread epidemic among children."

Doctor Jamal warned of an outbreak of measles among children as an epidemic similar to what happened with the Corona virus, calling for elaborate plans to prevent this, including allowing the entry of the largest possible amount of vaccines and implementing field vaccination campaigns at homes against deadly childhood diseases.

The head of the international organization "Doctors Without Borders", Christos Christo, announced, on Tuesday, the spread of measles among children in Hajjah governorate, which is under the control of the Houthi group, calling for expanding the scope of vaccination.  Hundreds of people are infected, especially in remote villages.

The Houthi terrorist group has been waging an organized campaign against vaccines over the past months, claiming that it is an "American-Zionist conspiracy" targeting Yemenis, which has recently contributed to the spread of a number of deadly childhood diseases in the group's areas of control, as the group itself admits.

According to the statistics of the Ministry of Health of the Houthi group in Sana'a, health facilities in the governorates under the group's control recorded 4.5 million cases of a number of epidemics and diseases, including 686 deaths in 2022, including 1,400 children infected with measles, of whom 15 died, and 226 cases.  Polio infection

Last Sunday, the Ministry of Health of the Yemeni government, in cooperation with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, launched a field vaccination campaign against polio in various liberated Yemeni governorates, which will last for 3 days, targeting about 1.3 million children under the age of five.