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9/12/2020 12:00:00 AM

Sanitary arrangements and preparations to reduce epidemics during the winter season

[10 / Sept / 2020]


The continued aggression, blockade, and denial of entry of oil derivatives have exacerbated the spread of epidemics and diseases, especially in Hodaidah Governorate.

In light of these practices that the aggression coalition deliberately committed to increase the suffering of the Yemeni people, the directives of the President of the Supreme Political Council stipulated the concerned authorities to strengthen procedures for eliminating epidemics, especially in Hodaidah governorate, which witnesses an increase in the number of fevers and epidemics in the winter season.

The Ministry of Public Health and Population is currently preparing, in cooperation with the local authority in Hodaidah, to confront the spread of dengue fever and malaria diseases, especially with the arrival of winter, by holding meetings with the concerned authorities and the private sector to intensify efforts to confront diseases and epidemics.

Last Saturday, the Ministry, represented by the National Malaria Control Program, launched the distribution of 452,000 mosquito nets impregnated with the pesticide in six high epidemic directorates of malaria in Al-Hodaidah Governorate.

The deputy  of the Ministry of Health for the health care sector, Dr. Muhammad Al-Mansour, explained that the surveillance teams in the ministry and its offices in the governorates are carrying out activities in the areas of surveillance in the districts, distributing mosquito nets to residents, as well as implementing pesticide spraying campaigns to eliminate mosquitoes.

He pointed out the ministry's determination to eliminate dengue fever and malaria through concerted efforts to combat the causes and hot-spots of their spread by filling depressions that collect water, by draining swamps or by ditching marshy areas to remove standing water in which the mosquitoes that transmit the disease multiply.

He pointed to the need to intensify awareness of the causes of the spread of dengue and malaria, methods of transmission and how to prevent it by filling water swamps and covering the water used in homes.

Dr. Al-Mansour stressed the importance of enhancing community participation and intensifying awareness-raising efforts to eliminate diseases and epidemics, especially dengue and malaria, in Al-Hodaidah Governorate.

While the director of the governorate health office, Dr. Khaled Al-Madani, explained that the plan approved by the ministry will be implemented to confront epidemics and diseases during the next winter season, and measures that mitigate its spread will be taken.

He pointed out that going down to residential neighborhoods has begun to educate citizens to work on filling the hotbeds that threaten the spread of diseases and mosquitoes.

In addition, a report issued by the Ministry of Public Health and Population, of which the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) received a copy, stated that since October 2019, Al-Hudaydah Governorate has witnessed a significant increase in the number of cases of celiac and dengue fever.

The report indicated that the total number of suspected cases of dengue and celery last year reached more than 76 thousand cases, while the number of deaths reached 215 cases in Yemen, in addition to the registration of 37 thousand suspected cases and 91 deaths during the first quarter of this year 2020 AD.

The report indicated that the total number of suspected cases in Al Hudaydah Governorate during the past year amounted to more than 32,000 suspected cases and 88 deaths, most of them in October, as the wave started in Al Jarahi District and expanded to the northern directorates and the city of Hodaidah.

The report pointed out that during the period January to the end of March 2020, more than 27,000 suspected cases and 42 deaths were recorded.

The report pointed out that the Ministry bears the health damage resulting from the repercussions of aggression and blockade, high poverty rates, low or interruption of government budgets for health or service activities that coincide with deficiencies in infrastructure services for various sectors in addition to displacement, which is an important factor in the transmission of diseases and makes abandoned homes a hotbed for reproduction Mosquitoes that transmit celery and dengue.

The Ministry of Health confirmed that it is preparing early and periodically to provide control supplies such as pesticides and spray equipment to implement routine spraying works, eliminate vectors, distribute impregnated mosquito nets to the population in the targeted areas to protect them from mosquitoes, as well as provide health facilities with medicines and diagnostic supplies.

It indicated that during the period from October 2019 to March 2020, a residual pesticide spraying campaign was implemented targeting more than 201 thousand homes, half of which are in the directorates of Al-Hudaydah Governorate. Mosquitoes, in addition to health education campaigns.

It indicated that during the period from October 2019 to March 2020, a residual pesticide spraying campaign was implemented targeting more than 201 thousand homes, half of which are in the directorates of Al-Hudaydah Governorate. Mosquitoes, in addition to health education campaigns.

According to the report, fogging and area spraying was done from house to house in 14 districts with a total of 320 thousand houses, and the districts of Al-Hawk, Al-Mina, Al-Hali, Al-Jarahi, Zabid, Beit Al-Faqih, Mansouriya, Al-Sukhnah, Bajil, Al-Dahi, Al-Zaydiyah, Al-Qanawas, Al-Lahia and Al-Zohra were targeted in Al-Hodaidah during December and January, while preparations are underway to distribute 452 thousand mosquito nets in the districts of Al-Zahra and Al-Dhahi. Zabid, Al-Sokhna, Bora and Al-Maghlaf.

The report pointed out that the poor infrastructure in Tehama areas, the presence of swamps in the streets and neighborhoods of cities, as well as the poor performance of service sectors and the economic situation as a result of the blockade and the suspension of salaries, caused the presence of breeding centers for the vector mosquitoes,especially dengue and celery disease.