Houthis use it to get rid of those who are forcibly hidden. IOM: 9, 000 Tuberculosis cases registered in Yemen

Houthis use it to get rid of those who are forcibly hidden. IOM: 9, 000 Tuberculosis cases registered in Yemen

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it received a report of 9607 cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in Yemen during 2018.

In a series of tweets on its Twitter account, the organization added that the National TB Center in Yemen reported 9607 cases of tuberculosis during 2018, with a rate of 77% for case detection, and a 90% success rate for treatment.

The World Tuberculosis Day, celebrated on 24 March each year, represents an opportunity to raise awareness of the burden of TB throughout the world and to develop efforts in the fight against the disease.

The organization noted its support for "public correspondence on tuberculosis throughout Yemen, including health education in 55 schools in 8 governorates".

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) manages the Middle East tuberculosis, HIV and Malaria control project and supports the national programs for the implementation of TB, HIV and malaria services in Yemen, including tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment management.

The announcement  of the International organization, at a time when the Houthi militias are using the disease, comes as a form of physical torture of the abductees and forcibly concealed in their jails, and a means of getting rid of them.

Tuberculosis is highly prevalent in the prisons of the Houthi militias secret and public in Dhamar province, where a number of cases were recorded in prisons run by the Houthis in the city of Dhamar, according to a report published by Al-Masdar online days ago.

Amat Al-Salam  al-Haj, president of the Association of Mothers of  abductees and forcibly hidden, is confirming the high prevalence of tuberculosis in the prisons of the Houthi militias, pointing out in a statement to Al-Masdar online that TB is the most serious disease that kills the abductees and therefore the association of Mothers of abducteesand forcibly hidden held al-Houthi group responsibility for the life of our beloved children. "

In late January, Al-Masdar online published a news about the spread of tuberculosis in al-Houthi prison at the community college in the past and the death of a prisoner called Hilal al-Jarf.

Early this year, the Association of Mothers of abductees and forcibly hidden, Taiz branch, sent an appeal letter to the UN envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, in which she confirmed the spread of tuberculosis and other skin diseases, among  the kidnapped at the community collage prison.

According to the association, the Houthi militias are holding 61 abductees from Taiz province "deprived of their human rights, especially health care".

In its message at the time, the association noted the death of a number of abducted victims of tuberculosis and the neglect of specialized health care in this prison «journalist Anwar al-Rokn, Mohammed Thabet al-Muzare’a, and also a week ago Hilal al-Jarf died.

According to the letter of the association's branch in Taiz, 17 abductees in their lives threatened with death "infected with tuberculosis", calling Griffiths to intervene and save the lives of the abductees.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), TB is still "the deadliest in the world, with about 4,500 people losing their lives because of TB every day. Global TB control efforts have saved an estimated 54 million people since 2000 and the TB mortality rate has dropped by 42%. "


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