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Thousands Of Yemeni Dialysis Patients Risk Death: Red Cross

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (APP): Thousands of Yemenis with kidney failure are at risk of dying unless the country’s remaining dialysis centres receive more supplies and its medical staff are paid, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned.

“An astonishing 25 percent of dialysis patients in Yemen have died every year since the conflict began in 2015,” the ICRC said in a report.

“More dialysis supplies, functioning dialysis machines, and funding for staff salaries are urgently needed to ensure the mortality rate does not rise further for Yemen’s 4,400 renal failure patients,” it added.
“Without dialysis treatment, the outcome is fatal,” the ICRC’s head of delegation in Yemen, Alexandre Faite, pointed out.

The Red Cross noted that since the conflict began in 2015, four dialysis centres have been shut down in the country and the remaining 28 facilities struggle to render services with broken machines, a lack of necessary supplies and unpaid staff.

Meanwhile, many patients have cut back their weekly dialysis sessions to two instead of the recommended three.

The report comes as healthcare centres across Yemen are also running out of necessary medical items for cancer patients due to airstrikes on medical facilities and crippling blockades that have prevented the flow of medical supplies to Yemeni hospitals.

Over 50 cancer medical items have become unavailable across the country while importing them is highly challenging under the circumstances.

Monthly treatment for each cancer patient costs $3,000, while many patients who can afford the expenses are not even sure if they can receive the next dose of their medicine a week later as cancer therapy centres are running out of necessary supplies.

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