Yemen – Hudaydah hospital says acute malnutrition alarming
Location: Al Hudaydah, Yemen
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Cases of acute malnutrition are on the rise in areas controlled by Houthi militias, the Hays Rural Hospital in Al- Hudaydah Governorate said. The hospital receives 20 cases of malnutrition per day, mostly children and women, as economic hardships continue to impact the war-torn country, said Amal Taher, head of the hospital-based outpatient clinic. The World Food Program has said Yemen is witnessing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, describing the food situation in the country as “catastrophic”. Around 13 million people in Yemen suffer from hunger and malnutrition, with 5 million threatened by famine.
Soundbite (Amal Taher – Supervisor of the Outpatient Clinics Department):
“In Hays Rural Hospital, the Nutrition Department, we receive about 18 new cases of severe malnutrition and about 25 cases of revisiting patients per day coming from rural areas.”
– Soundbite (Nabat Yahya – nutritionist):
“Malnutrition prevailed in the recent years due to conflicts in the country, in terms of displacement, unemployment, and the lack of access to enough and nutritious food.”