YEMEN Press Agency

Humanitarian org: At least 78 children died of dengue related illness

SANAA, Jan 15 (YPA) – At least 87 children in Yemen have died of dengue related illness, according to Save the Children organization.

The organization also warned against the spread of the disease due to the continued Saudi-led coalition war and its blockade.

More than 52,000 suspected cases of the disease have been recorded across the country, the organization added.

Save the Children sounded the alarm, stressing that children who died of the disease are under the age of six and 10 years old.

It further warned of the spread of the disease, especially after it recorded more than 52 thousand suspected cases of the disease across the country.

The organization said that this number is an indication of the beginning of the Epidemic.

In the previous year, the previous year, WHO announced that more than 192 people had died in Yemen from dengue-related diseases, the origination said

Most of the cases are in the cities of Hodeidah and Aden, it said.

Hodeidah recorded the second highest number of deaths in the country, with 62 adults and children dead, she said, adding that more than 40 MSF staff and their families were affected by the virus.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported last November that Yemen is suffering from the spread of viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes that breed in stagnant waters, revealing the deaths of tens of thousands, mostly civilians.

Millions have been on the brink of famine since the Saudi aggression against Yemen began in 2015, according to the organization.

The United Nations said  that the Saudi aggression against Yemen has caused the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

Secretary-General António Guterres said more than 22 million people are in dire need of assistance, noting that a child under the age of five died every 10 minutes from a disease that could have been prevented.