Conjoined twins close to death as Saudi-led coalition refuses necessary life-saving aid
SANA’A – The Saudi-UAE-led coalition has decided to ignore the appeals of Yemeni people asking them to save the lives of the two Yemeni children, Abdul Rahim and Abdelkhalek al-Haimi, a set of conjoined twins, de facto thus sentencing them to death.
The Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr.Taha al-Mutawakil, has called on international organisations operating in Yemen to send a plane in order to save the life of the twins, and asked for the urgent reopening of Sana’a International Airport, according to the Saba News Agency.
“The two children share the same chest and trunk and need a complicated surgical procedure abroad, not in Yemen. Our hospitals can not perform this operation because of the lack of medicines, equipment and medical supplies caused by the US-Saudi coalition war and their all-out blockade imposed on Yemen,” Dr. al-Mutawakil told a news conference at the hospital.
The Minister called on the international community, organisations and humanitarian coordinator in Yemen to quickly send a plane equipped with the necessary equipment to transport the two children with a medical team along with the Yemeni medical team.
He pointed out that a specialised medical team had been formed to supervise the situation of the two children.
He pointed out that the number of children killed by the aggression of the aggression coalition has reached 3,720 martyrs and 3,263 wounded, including 615 handicapped.
“Every 10 minutes a child dies in Yemen, and more than 400,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, while about 2 million children are malnourished,” he said.
Dr. Al-Mutawakel explained that about 250 children have died of measles, with more than 15.000 children infected by the disease during 2018. More than 8,000 patients with renal failure need to travel for treatment abroad, in addition to 37,000 patients suffering from cancer.
The Minister of Health held international organizations and the international community fully responsible for any delay or non-response to the call of saving the lives of the two children.
The medical team assigned to Abdul Rahim and Abdelkhalek al-Haimi has pointed out the increase in congenital deformities among newborns, as a result of illegal toxins and gases used by the Saudi-led aggression forces in bombing raids on residential areas all over Yemen.