Yemen’s frontline port struggles to fight deadly fever

Yemen’s frontline port struggles to fight deadly fever
Yemen’s frontline port struggles to fight deadly fever

You are now following the details of the Yemen’s frontline port struggles to fight deadly fever news and now we leave you with the details

Mohamed Nass - Cairo - HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) — In the grounds of a bombed-out building in the port that has become the main front of Yemen’s war, workers use a hose mounted to a truck to suck up a green, insect-filled expanse of stagnant rainwater, then shovel in soil to fill it, trying to save lives.

The trash-strewn pools are perfect breeding grounds for the mosquito that spreads dengue fever, which aid workers say is killing people every day near the frontlines in Hodeidah.

War has complicated efforts to fight the world’s fastest-spreading mosquito-borne virus, wrecked Yemen’s health system and public sanitation, and made an impoverished and displaced population more vulnerable to the disease.

In a crowded children’s hospital, flies crawled over the eyes and mouths of children struggling to breathe under the pain caused by the virus. Walid Yahya Mansour sat with two family members; two others had stayed home, too sick to travel.

“Dengue has been spreading fast,” he said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the number of reported cases of dengue fever worldwide has increased six-fold from 2010-2016. It describes the disease as one of the top 10 global public health threats.

Dengue causes fever, headache, vomiting and pain in the muscles and joints. A severe form can result in internal bleeding. There is no specific treatment and no widely available vaccine yet, although one is being trialled.

Hodeidah, which has an active frontline on its eastern edge where the United Nations is trying to enforce a ceasefire and troop withdrawal, is reporting the highest number of suspected dengue cases and deaths, an International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) report said.

The WHO said 76,768 suspected cases, including 271 deaths, were recorded last year across Yemen, although numbers started to fall in recent weeks.

“The dengue cases began in mid-November,” said Ahmad Mu’ajam, a doctor at Thawra hospital in Hodeidah. “With time, there were fewer cases in the countryside areas, but they increased inside the city.”

Authorities in the parts of Hodeidah city controlled by the Iran-aligned Huthi group have been filling in pools of stagnant water to remove mosquito breeding grounds, said Abdrahman Jarallah, the head of Hodeidah’s health department.

But frontline areas are hard to access, and most cases in Hodeidah are coming from those areas, the WHO said. Communities there, who collect rainwater for drinking in open basins, are being advised on how to reduce mosquito breeding grounds themselves.

“We are getting reports of deaths on a daily basis in remote areas of (Hodeidah),” aid organization Save The Children said last week about dengue.

Yemen’s conflict began in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition intervened to try to restore the internationally recognized government after it was ousted from power in the capital Sanaa by the Huthi movement.

The war has killed thousands, pushed millions to the brink of famine and also caused major cholera outbreaks.

Reporting by Reuters team in Yemen and Lisa Barrington in ; Editing by Peter Graff

Image: A boy lies on a bed as he recuperates from dengue fever at a hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

These were the details of the news Yemen’s frontline port struggles to fight deadly fever for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at egypt independent and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV British child brought home from Syria ISIS camp
NEXT Hamas in Gaza 'strikes deal to reduce violence'