Yemen claims medical tourist deaths resulting from blockade


The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen has issued statistics claiming that 11,250 patients have died because they were not able to travel abroad for live-saving international medical treatment.

The closure of Yemen's Sanaa airport is due to an air and sea blockade by a Saudi-led coalition of nine African and Middle Eastern countries.

Fighter jets and ground forces from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain- plus Academi mercenaries have instigated the blockade.

Normally over 100,000 Yemeni patients are annually in urgent need to travel abroad to seek healthcare because of the lack of proper medical treatment for chronic diseases inside the country and restrictions on Yemen's medical imports. A cholera epidemic and closure of local facilities makes the need for overseas treatment more urgent.

The coalition that controls Yemen's air spcae has been urged by the Norwegian Refugee Council and other charities to permit flights to the country's main airport in Houthi-held Sanaa, to receive aid and allow sick and injured Yemenis to fly abroad for treatment.

Parts of southern Yemen have also seen hospitals and clinics bombed and 600 clinics closed since full-scale fighting erupted in March 2015. Bans on petrol imports have left hospitals without power.



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