Yemen – Dialysis centers appeal to authorities to provide necessary medications amid acute shortage of dialysis fluid
Location: Aden, Yemen
Source: A24 Aden
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The lack of necessary medicines in the dialysis center at Al-Sadaqa Hospital in Yemen’s Aden threatens the lives of dialysis patients. Doctors appealed to the government and the competent medical authorities to quickly provide the center with the necessary medications before it runs out of dialysates and closes.
Although there are dozens of international organizations in Yemen, most of them working in the health sector, treatment and support centers for incurable diseases are struggling with an acute shortage of dialysis solutions and medicines for patients.
Last month, 10 children with cancer died in the capital, Sana’a, after taking an expired drug, which sparked controversy among Yemenis and the medical sector.
Soundbite (Khaled Mohamed – Kidney dialysis patients ):
“I come from the Qubeta area two days a week. We pay the transportation, which costs at least 20 thousand riyals. We suffer from a shortage of medicines and needles. If I want to buy them from outside the center, they will cost 6 thousand Yemeni riyals and I cannot afford that.”
Soundbite (Abdul Rahman Muhammad – a doctor in the renal department):
“The Center receives about one hundred and twenty to one hundred and thirty cases. Ninety of them are basic cases, and the rest are emergency cases that come from other departments in the hospital such as the maternity department and the internal department. The center suffers from a shortage of dialysis solutions, especially these days. We do not have solutions or supplies to assist with dialysis sessions. We can expect that until mid-December this year, if we do not have sufficient quantities of drugs, the center will be closed and it will be a humanitarian disaster for dialysis patients.”
Soundbite (Dr. Areej – Responsible for Drug Stores at Al-Sadaqa Hospital):
“We are appealing to the dialysis department. Solutions and medicines are about to run out in November and the department may be closed. We are crying out to provide us with these solutions to continue working and for the benefit of patients, especially as they come not only from Aden governorate but from several governorates.”