QRCS in Ye­men med­i­cal out­reach

Gulf Times - - QATAR -

Un­der its large-scale re­sponse to the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in Al-Hu­day­dah, Ye­men, Qatar Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (QRCS) has breathed life into the col­laps­ing health sec­tor in Sanaa.

A new plan is in progress to pro­vide pri­mary health­care for the pop­u­la­tion dis­placed from Al-Hu­day­dah due to the re­cent es­ca­la­tion of vi­o­lence.

It is based on an ap­peal is­sued by the United Na­tions Of­fice for the Co-or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs (OCHA) to mo­bilise in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port for in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons (IDPs) in Sanaa.

Sev­eral schools are be­ing used as makeshift shel­ters to ac­com­mo­date the in­creas­ing num­bers of IDPs, who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an un­bear­able sit­u­a­tion.

QRCS’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive mis­sion in Sanaa sup­plied $18,000 worth of medicines to cover the needs of 400 pa­tients be­ing treated at the Abo Bakr Al-Sid­diq Health Cen­ter.

In co-or­di­na­tion with the cen­tre’s man­age­ment, other short­ages are ex­pected to be sub­se­quently met, in an at­tempt to stop the alarm­ing de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in pub­lic health con­di­tions as a re­sult of the mass dis­place­ment.

The peo­ple of Al-Hu­day­dah are fac­ing ex­ac­er­bated liv­ing and health risks, with lit­tle food and ram­pant epi­demics.

A med­i­cal worker at the Abo Bakr Al-Sid­diq Health Cen­ter said they were do­ing their best to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of the IDPs in the school’s packed class­rooms. “The doc­tors and nurses are work­ing 24/7 to take care of the pa­tients. All of us are un­paid vol­un­teers”, he added.

In ad­di­tion, the school’s med­i­cal camp lacks medicines and other sup­plies, par­tic­u­larly those for chronic dis­eases like car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, di­a­betes and hy­per­ten­sion.

There is a dire need to ac­ti­vate the re­fer­ral sys­tem, by con­tract­ing a big hospi­tal and med­i­cal lab to re­ceive crit­i­cal cases, par­tic­u­larly for in­fec­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases.

The Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and En­vi­ron­ment ‘s Gen­eral Clean­li­ness De­part­ment has been in­volved on a daily ba­sis in clean­ing streets, pub­lic squares and key fa­cil­i­ties across the coun­try.

A new plan is in progress to pro­vide pri­mary health­care for the pop­u­la­tion dis­placed from AlHu­day­dah due to the re­cent es­ca­la­tion of vi­o­lence.

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