Thu 04-01-2018 20:10 PM
ABU DHABI, 4th January, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has solved the issues of limited electricity supply and transporting medical aid to areas far from the centres of Yemeni governorates, by deploying equipment that operates on alternative energy.
The limited electricity network, which was damaged by the Houthis militias, as well as the spread of many diseases in desperate areas, presented a real challenge in terms of delivering the assistance.
The ERC highlighted its desire and commitment to provide the necessary aid, to save the lives of Yemenis despite the difficulties, especially with the spread of cholera in many governorates.
The ERC provided many hospitals in Hadramaut, Aden and the West Coast with equipment, such as solar-powered refrigerators, in light of the limited electric supply, which helped to provide vaccinations against diseases and illnesses and saved the lives of tens of thousands of children and women.
The advanced solar-powered refrigerators offered a practical solution to the issue of preserving medicines and vaccines that are necessary for vaccination campaigns, considering the repeated electricity outages in many areas of Yemen, after their systematic destruction by the Houthis militias, which affected power plants and sub-stations.
The refrigerators also assisted in extending vaccination campaigns and reaching the widest geographic range within the country’s liberated regions, especially in remote mountain areas that lack medical centres and clinics.
In 2017, the ERC delivered solar-powered medical refrigerators to the Public Health and Population Office in the Hadramaut Coast, as part of its four local campaigns, which included 11 governorates and benefited 513,489 children below the age of five, as well pregnant women and those of child-bearing age.
Dr. Riad Al Jariri, Director-General of the Public Health and Population Office, in the Hadramaut Coast praised the ERC’s support for various local services sectors, including the health sector.
He also highlighted the ERC’s clear and tangible contributions to improve and revitalise the local health sector and restore the infrastructure of several health centres, as well as to provide medical equipment and supplies.