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ICRC: One in four Yemenis die of kidney failure

A malnourished baby receives medical treatment at al Sabeen Maternal Hospital in Sanaa, Yemen on Universal Children's Day on 20 November, 2017 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]
A malnourished baby receives medical treatment at al Sabeen Maternal Hospital in Sanaa, Yemen on Universal Children's Day on 20 November, 2017 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Wednesday that one out of every four Yemenis suffering from kidney failure die because of lack of medical services.

“Patients with kidney failure in Yemen receive only half of the treatment time required” the committee said on Twitter account.

According to a previous ICRC report, Yemen has more than 4,400 kidney failure patients in need of treatment.

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The committee said Wednesday that “half of the country’s health facilities have been closed because of the conflict”.

Last month, IRC called on donors and businessmen to support treatment centers for kidney failure patients in Yemen, pointing out that the centers suffer from lack of medical equipments and inefficiency of the available devices as well as lack of medical staff who did not receive their salaries for more than a year.

Yemen has been embroiled in a war between government forces, backed by Saudi-led Arab forces and Houthi rebels.

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