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New Center to Treat COVID-19 Patients in Aden, Yemen

New Center to Treat COVID-19 Patients in Aden, Yemen

Tuesday, 2 June, 2020 - 10:30
Beneficiaries of the fishing boats project in South Yemen, Asharq Al-Awsat

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Yemeni Health Ministry have joined efforts and opened a new center to treat COVID-19 patients in the Yemeni capital, Aden. This follows the primary center reaching its full capacity and a spike in infections in Aden.

Aden’s main Covid-19 treatment center at al-Amal hospital has reached its full capacity, MSF declared, underlining that after negotiations with the Yemeni Health Ministry, the organization took over the reins at the quarantine center at al-Joumhuria hospital and that it is now open to receive new patients.

According to an agreement between the MSF and the Health Ministry, the body of doctors will provide immediate treatment to COVID-19 patients at al-Joumhuria hospital.

In other news, Sanaa residents under Houthi control reported that the prices of grave slots have shot up from 50,000 Yemeni rials to 300,000 Yemeni rials per slot. Many are now unable to secure a place to bury their deceased.

More so, hospitals in Houthi-run areas have closed their doors, refusing to admit any patients.

While the prices of graves increased in Houthi-controlled areas, authorities in Taiz province announced giving out grave slots for free in cemeteries. This news comes as many are dying from the novel coronavirus across the war-torn country.

Taiz Governor Nabil Shamsan has also ordered the establishment of the Taiz Support Fund which will aim to bridge the financing gap suffered by the province and to help confront current challenges.

Yemeni Minister of Public Health Nasser Baoum, for his part, praised Saudi Arabia for sponsoring the upcoming donors conference for Yemen.

Baoum confirmed the importance of the conference in raising donations for projects and humanitarian programs in Yemen.

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