Medical sources in Shabwah province have warned of an outbreak of dengue fever, following a marked rise in infections and deaths.
According to the sources, a young man named Saleh Mohammed Laswad, died on Sunday in a hospital in the city of Ataq due to dengue fever, bringing the number of deaths from the epidemic outbreak to more than seven.
The sources accused the Islah Party, which controls the province on behalf of the Saudi occupation, of ignoring the alarming spread of the epidemic, which has claimed the lives of many people in recent months due to the lack of basic necessities for hospitals and health centers in the province.
A 40-year-old man died of dengue fever in Ataq in early October, with medical reports indicating that the city has become the epicenter of the deadly epidemic. Health authorities are monitoring some 229 people with the disease in the city.
Observers attributed the spread of the fever epidemic in most of districts in the province to the deliberate neglect by the Saudi-led occupation forces, and its lack of provision of both preventive and curative means to protect the population.