Health Minister: Tumors Increased in Record Numbers due to Internationally Prohibited Weapons used by US-Saudi Aggression


Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakel, confirmed that the United Nations has failed to bring in basic medical equipment, noting that cancer treatment centers in Yemen witnessed an increase in number of cases since the start of the aggression. The bombardment with internationally prohibited weapons is mean reason for the increase.

Dr. Al-Mutawakel said, during the inauguration of a new cancer center in Kuwait Hospital in Sana’a, that the performance of the World Health Organization in Yemen is poor and it does not fulfill its duty to provide the most important medical needs, it must reconsider its action in the country, calling on the United Nations, at least, to allow the Ministry to purchase these devices to save what can be saved.

The Minister indicated that the number of patients has doubled since the beginning of the US-Saudi aggression on Yemen. A100% increase in the areas that have been bombed with internationally prohibited weapons. He pointed out that the leukemia treatment centers receive about 7,000 cases in a number of Yemeni governorates annually, noting that the death rate of leukemia patients has increased to nearly half due to the scarcity of medicines and equipment that can alleviate their suffering.

Dr. Al-Mutawakel stressed that most of the areas that were targeted with air strikes are filled with many serious diseases. He noted that the Ministry is preparing an integrated building specialized for treating all oncological diseases.