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Yemen is the last of the arab countries, which confirms the koronasmitte among the population.
It happens at the worst possible time.
A woman has covered face to protect himself from the koronasmitte in Sanaa. In the background you can see the city’s iconic buildings.
Photo: Khaled Abdullah / Reuters
the Country has in the last five years gone through a bloody civil war, and the humanitarian crisis that followed is considered by the united nations as the worst in the world. Military attacks, disease, hunger and lack of health care has taken over 100,000 lives, according to analysts.
Now all that remains is to see how hard covid-19 will hit the country.
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The first and only case registered in the province of Hadramaut in southern Yemen.
Doctor Ahmad Alawadi’s working at a hospital in the capital Sanaa and says to NRK that they follow the tense situation and information from the World health organization – but they fear the worst.
Doctor Ahmed Alawadi in Yemen believe many will die if koronaviruset spreading in the country.
– The yemeni people are suffering because of the war and its effect on their lives, their health, as well as the war’s effect on the health system, ” he says.
Alawadi says that he and his colleagues are very concerned.
If this epidemic keeps popping up in Yemen, most will die because of health deterioration and the lack of basic health services, which again are consequences of the war.
The last few weeks have the health care system in the country worked with to get karantenesenter up, and in the streets of the capital Sanaa jobs volunteers with disinfection and informing.
A volunteer disinfects the people’s hands at a restaurant in Sanaa.
Photo: Mohammed Huwais / AFP Gloomy numbers from a bleak war
No numbers evolved in the right direction in the first place.
Several million people in the country is dependent on aid, and according to the united nations need around 20 million to help get food. Hunger is one of the biggest challenges in the country.
the Country has also experienced other dangerous, infectious diseases. The last few years there has been a massive outbreak of cholera in the country. Diphtheria and dengue fever are also not uncommon.
But what makes it difficult, or almost impossible to deal with such disease outbreaks, is the fact that half of the country’s hospitals destroyed or closed.
Doctor Osama Nasher says the health system in Yemen is poorly prepared for a koronautbrudd.
Doctor Osama Nasher is from Aden in southern Yemen, but lives and works in Germany. He tells us that the yemeni health system is fragmented and weak because of the political situation, with two governments and three parties vying for control.
– the health system is not well enough equipped. The war has destroyed the infrastructure and the health care worker is exhausted, ” says Nasher.
Doctor Ahmad Alawad fear that the spread of the virus can be worse than anything else.
the health system and hospitals are in very bad condition. Both public and private hospitals provide only five percent or less of their services, ” says Alawadi and add:
Therefore, the spread of the virus lead to a disaster – worse than in any other country.
Photos with permission from Molecular Memory
Un humanitarian coordinator for the country, Lise Grande, said to the BBC that if the virus spread, it will be disastrous.
” We have feared this for weeks, and now it has happened. After five years of war have the people of the country the lowest immunity and the highest acute vulnerability in the world.
the Un’s middle East envoys, among them the Norwegian Geir O. Pedersen, has called for cease-fire in the largely unsettled region.
At the end of last week announced the saudi coalition that they put the weapons in the Yemen conflict of the reason of koronakrisen, but it is uncertain whether the truce will last, as Houthiene not went with it.
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