Critical health supplies reaching injured in southern Yemen

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A WHO shipment of 17 tonnes of medicines, medical and surgical supplies arrives in Sana'a, Yemen. Photo: WHO Yemen (file)

Emergency medical supplies from the World Health Organization (WHO) are arriving in southern Yemen to aid the rising number of people injured and internally displaced by fighting.

WHO is coordinating a rapid response to provide emergency healthcare to thousands of people caught up in the worsening humanitarian crisis in Taiz and Hodeida governorates.

Dianne Penn reports.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated emergency trauma kits for surgeries, surgical supply and dressing kits, first aid bags and anaesthesia medicines to treat the increasing number of injured patients in Tiaz. 

In Hodeida governorate and Tehama region, the agency has donated emergency trauma and health kits and other medical supplies to treat over 4,500 patients at a hospital and a renal dialysis centre. 

WHO said that shortly after the delivery of the supplies to the hospital, 25 major surgeries were carried out.

Some 21 million people—roughly 80 per cent of the population—are in need of aid relief since fighting between government forces and rebel groups escalated in March.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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