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Saudi Blockade of Yemen Leaves 35,000 Cancer Patients with medicine Shortage

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Saudi 3-year invasion and assaults against Yemen has given rise to a range of healthcare issues apart from direct casualties of war. Saudi-led coalition continues the brutality with no sign of termination after thousands of victims.

A new report shows that Yemeni patients with cancer have no access the medicine they need to cure themselves. The long-time blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies prevented the Yemenis to reach  medicine.

While citizens are hardly surviving the fatalities of strikes, famine, and cholera, the condition is much harder with chronic diseases like cancer. The head of the oncology department at the National Oncology Center in Sanaa complains about “severe lack of chemotherapy.” As Dr. Anwar Al-Rajawi told the reporters,

Here in the oncology unit, we suffer from a severe lack of chemotherapy [drugs]. If a child is diagnosed with a malignant tumor, we cannot provide the treatment in a timely manner. We cannot do anything due to the lack of drugs in the protocol.

Om Ali, a cancer patient in Yemen told the reporters, “lack of medicine and the difficult living situation” is the status quo of these patients. In addition, Ali says that the medicine, if found in drugstores, is too expensive to be affordable for the patients.

More than 35,000 patients in Yemen are tackling with medicine shortage besides cancer in Yemen. World health Organization announced that 11,000 people are added to this number annually.

It seems that the casualties of Saudi offensive against Yemen, more than 50,000 estimated by independent groups, should not neglect the indirect fatalities. Famine, cholera, shortage of medicine, sanitary issues, etc. should be considered when the numbers and statistics are being published.

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