Disease runs rampant in devastated medical facilities in war-ridden Yemen

By REUTERS
November 7, 2016 16:04

More than half of war-battered Yemen's hospitals and clinics are closed or only partially functioning, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, warning a lack of adequate health services was increasing the risk of disease outbreaks.

Only 45 percent of 3,507 health facilities surveyed by WHO were fully functional and accessible, while more than 40 percent of districts faced a "critical" shortage of doctors, WHO said.

"These critical shortages in health services mean that more people are deprived of access to life-saving interventions," WHO said in a statement.



"Absence of adequate communicable diseases management increases the risk of outbreaks such cholera, measles, malaria and other endemic diseases."


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