Yemen’s Minister of Public Health and Population has Wednesday announced that during the past 7 years of US-Saudi aggression and siege, the number of people suffering from diabetes increased to about one million.
In his speech during the annual conference of the Yemeni Diabetes Association, Dr. Taha al-Mutawakel explained that the intense US-Saudi bombing of cities and the food imbalance resulting from the US-Saudi blockade and the economic war caused an alarming rise in the number of diabetic patients.
He also indicated that the aggression is monopolising the import of insulin, which needs fast and cool transportation conditions, through the unsafe port of Aden, which is very far from the majority of the Yemeni population.
“The continued closure of Sana’a Airport is a death sentence for hundreds of thousands of patients who need treatment abroad,” Dr. Al-Mutawakel said.
The Minister of Health stressed that the health sector is on the threshold of grinding to a complete halt due to the intensification of the fuel crisis and the continuation of the US-Saudi aggression’s piracy policy against fuel tankers.
The minister pointed out that the aggression uses fuel as a means of applying pressure on Yemen, and called on the United Nations to impose respect for international law on the Saudi-led coalition.
Dr. Al-Mutawakel praised the performance of the Yemeni medical staff during the past years of aggression, saying that “the continuation of the medical staff’s work in light of the aggression, the siege, and the cutting off of fuel and salaries represents a basic building block for popular steadfastness and for the coming victory.”