Yemen warns for disastrous consequences of WHO suspension of fuel subsidies

Yemen warns for disastrous consequences of WHO suspension of fuel subsidies

The Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population has on Monday warned of the consequences of the World Health Organisation’s decision to stop subsidising oil derivatives to health facilities.

The ministry indicated that it would reconsider its partnership with the WHO as a result.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Najeeb Al-Qubati, denounced in a statement the organisation’s decision to stop subsidising oil derivatives to health facilities, starting from next March, according to the official news agency Saba.

Dr. Al-Qubati explained that “this irresponsible decision will lead to stopping the services of 141 health facilities from working.”

“The inability of the United Nations system to facilitate the arrival of oil derivatives and their continued flow due to the aggression and blockade, that has continued for six years, is in itself a failure to fulfill basic obligations guaranteed by international humanitarian law,” he said.

He pointed out that the decision coincides with the continued detention of oil derivative ships by the Saudi-led aggression coalition, raising questions about its timing and background.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Health held the United Nations and international organisations, in particular the World Health Organisation, fully responsible for the implications of this decision, calling for an immediate review before it is too late.

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