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Corruption of the Houthi militia threatens to collapse the two largest government hospitals in Sanaa

The Houthi coup militia continues to systematically destroy the health sector and loot its operational allocations, all hospital and medical center resources, and international aid.

Health workers revealed a state of deterioration that the two largest government hospitals in the capital have recently reached, threatening their collapse.

Health workers reported that the complete collapse threatens Al-Thawra Hospital and Al-Jumhouri Hospital, which are the largest hospitals in Sana’a in particular and Yemen in general, due to the Houthi policies of destruction that led to the deterioration of the entire health sector and contributed to the decline of most medical services that were provided by government hospitals.

In this context, the sources revealed the intention of doctors and workers at Al-Thawra Hospital in the capital to implement a new protest vigil in the coming days that will be added to the previous ones, condemning the continued manipulation of the militias against them and their refusal to pay their dues that have been suspended for whole months and to stop the deductions.

And the workers in the same hospital, about a month ago, organized a protest stop at the hospital’s administration in protest against the non-disbursement of their dues by the Houthi leader named Abdul Malik Jahaf, who was appointed by the group as general manager of the hospital authority.

Hospital employees told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Ministry of Finance in the unrecognized militia government had prepared, in coordination with the illegal hospital administration, false and inaccurate statements last month, through which it sought to steal half of their salary.

They affirmed their categorical rejection of these Houthi measures, announcing the continuation of their protest escalation until their full rights were taken from the group without any decrease.

Sources working at the hospital said that the loyal Houthi leader, Abdul-Malik Jahaf, transferred all the revenues of the medical facility, following his appointment as its director, to private property for him and his entourage, and to adopt various methods, methods and practices that violate the law and order against all hospital employees, and confiscate their salaries and all their rights.

The sources stated that Jahaf, at the behest of the Houthi general named Taha Al-Mutawakil, appointed as Minister of Health in the illegal putschists’ government, immediately after the decision of his appointment was issued, raised the fees for all services provided by Al-Thawra General Hospital in Sana’a to three times what they were prior to his appointment.

Among those services whose fees have been raised – according to the sources – are open heart operations whose fees have been raised from one million riyals to two million and 500 thousand riyals, as well as raising the hypnosis fees in the Psychiatric Department from 30 thousand riyals to 100,000 riyals, in addition to raising the hypnosis fees in the rest The other sections more than tripled (the dollar is about 600 riyals).

The same sources accused the group’s loyalist leader of transforming three villas in Sana’a into personal housing for him and his family, after furnishing them from the hospital’s revenues, ignoring the continued suffering of hundreds of workers in that facility due to the looting of their salaries and all their dues.

A number of activists and patients’ families in Sana’a indicate to Asharq Al-Awsat their strong dissatisfaction with the continued sewage flow in some departments of the Republican Hospital (the second largest hospital in Sanaa), amid deliberate neglect and disregard by the hospital administration appointed by the militias.

Activists on social media circulated pictures and scenes showing sewage erupting and flowing in some departments of the hospital, without moving the group’s authority any residents.

These unhealthy practices of the Houthi group against the rest of the health sector in the cities it controls, coincide with many international and local organizations concerned with the health field continuing to issue warnings of the collapse of that sector in Yemen.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned earlier of the collapse of the health sector in Yemen, which has been witnessing a seven-year war.

The organization said in a tweet on Twitter that half of the health facilities in Yemen are not working, noting that workers are facing an acute shortage of medicines, equipment and personnel. Stressing that health systems are on the verge of collapse if they are not supported.

The World Health Organization had said earlier that the outbreak of diseases in Yemen was due to the lack of water supply and sanitation.

She added, “70 percent of health facilities in Yemen lack adequate water and sanitation infrastructure.”


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