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Yemen, at least 78 children died because of dengue; there are fears of an epidemic in the country for other 52mila suspected cases

the ROME - In Yemen, at least 78 children under 16 years are dead because of the disease linked to dengue fever, viral disease of tropical transmitted by mosq

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Yemen, at least 78 children died because of dengue; there are fears of an epidemic in the country for other 52mila suspected cases
the ROME - In Yemen, at least 78 children under 16 years are dead because of the disease linked to dengue fever, viral disease of tropical transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, and presents with fever, headache, muscle pain and joint stiffness and a rash that resembles that of measles. More than 52,000 suspected cases have been registered all over the Country. According to Save the Children, the international Organization that for over 100 years, the fight to save at-risk children and ensure their future, this could be the beginning of an epidemic.

A health-care system destroyed by war. After almost five years of conflict in the country, more than half of all health facilities are closed or only partially functional, many hospitals have been damaged by air strikes or the fighting, and lack of essential drugs and qualified personnel. The heavy precipitation associated with ongoing conflict, hinder the supply of clean water. Therefore, people use water reservoirs to collect rainwater, and these deposits of water discovered, along with the rain, contributed to the spread of mosquitoes in the affected areas, resulting in an increase of suspected cases of dengue. If you will not be taken urgent measures to strengthen the health system, so that you can promptly identify suspected cases, the total number of deaths (192 persons up to the end of 2019) could increase substantially. Although the areas most affected are those of Hodeidah and Aden, which have registered over 60% of the deaths in the country, there were cases in almost all the governorates of the country.

The high rates of mortality. “Hodeidah has the second highest mortality rate in the country, with 62 deaths among adults and children in 2019. He had never seen anything like it before. More than 40 members of our staff, including their families, have been affected by the fever. Daily, we receive reports of deaths in remote areas of the governorate. Some of our health care facilities operate 24 hours per day, and last week one of these has recorded 30 cases in a single day, the majority of whom were children,” said Mariam Aldogani, director of Save the Children in Hodeidah, who is recovering from dengue fever.

it is a luxury to bring a child in the hospital. “For the population, the economic situation has not improved. The parents could not afford to bring their children to the hospital or to buy medicine. The hospitals are full and some patients are forced to lie down on the ground for lack of beds. It's really a terrible situation, children as young as eight months have been affected by the dengue fever. In some hospitals, all you can hear are children who cry because of the pain. We are currently supporting 48 healthcare facilities in Hodeidah, which have registered over 6000 suspected cases in 2019,” he continued Aldogani.

welcome in the health centers of Save the Children. Have been welcomed in many cases, children seemed to be affected by dengue and the field staff are diagnosing and treating patients, indicating more severe cases. Ali, age 8, has recently contracted dengue fever in his native village, not far from the city of Hodeidah. His parents brought him to the public hospital in Al-Thawrah, an important health facility in the city of Hodeidah, which is supported by Save the Children for several years, where he is receiving medical care together with other 14 children between the ages of 2 and 8 years. “I had to leave everything there to the village and stay with my son here. Has high fever and will not eat anything for three days now,” he told his mother.

The governorates most affected. Save the Children has also secured medical equipment to combat the dengue fever and the outbreak of malaria in its operational areas, including Aden, Taiz, Hodeidah and Hajjah. It is also raising the awareness of health workers and community volunteers on how to deal with the dengue fever and other hemorrhagic fevers. The governorates most affected by the deaths were Hodeidah (62), Aden (71) and Taiz (12). Only peace in Yemen can ensure quick responses and the reconstruction of the health system from collapsing, in a country where they continue to spread-preventable diseases and you are still recovering from a cholera epidemic that has caused more than 2 million suspected cases between October 2016 and August 2019.

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