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WHO-supported health projects opened in Aden and Lahj

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Yemen_MoH_hospital_May_2014The Minister of Public Health and Population of Yemen and WHO Representative in Yemen open the mental hospital in AdenAden and Lahj, 1 May 2014 — The Minister of Public Health and Population H.E. Professor Dr Ahmed Qasem Al-Ansi along with the WHO Representative in Yemen Dr Ahmed Shadoul, Aden Governor Waheed Rasheed and Aden’s health office officials opened three sections of Aden's mental hospital completely rehabilitated and furnished by the WHO.

For years, dozens of patients in the hospital have lived in dark corridors where windows, beds, bathrooms, doors and conditioners are dilapidated.

The hospital was built in the 1980s with a capacity of 260 beds to accommodate those who suffer from mental disorders but it has been neglected during the last few years.

During the opening, Waheed Rasheed, the Governor of Aden, thanked WHO for supporting the hospital, pointing out that “Such hospitals did not exist in several areas in Yemen. WHO always cooperates with us and respond to our health needs promptly,” he said.

In the middle of 2013, the WHO Representative visited the hospital along with Aden’s WHO sub-officer in charge and officials from health office in Aden announcing WHO's commitment to maintaining and renovating the facility.

“The hospital was in terrible condition. There were no lights, no bathrooms, no proper beds and nothing. The acrid smell of patient’s urine a
nd stool lingered in the place,” said Dr Thabet Qasem, manager of the hospital.

“The visit of the WHO delegation to the hospital has made a big change. It has also restored the hope of the hospital’s employees who were demotivated.”

The big sections have been renovated with 72 beds provided. The support also included giving 24 conditioners, painting 7000-metre long walls, repairing the doors, renovating 24 bathrooms, rehabilitating three kitchens and four dining halls, as well as maintaining the sewage system.

“The work has been hard because the place was extremely dreadful,” said Eng. Abdul-Malik Mofadhal, environmental health officer at WHO Yemen. “This is one of the most WHO important projects that will make a big difference for the place where patients underwent harsh experiences.”

Health projects in Lahj

Minister of Health and WHO Representative and Lahj governor open the therapuetic training centre in Ibn Khaldoon Hospital of LahjThe Minister, WHO Representative and Lahj Governor open the therapeutic training centre in Ibn Khaldoon Hospital of LahjIn a related context, the Minister of Public Health and Population along with the WHO Representative opened on Tuesday a therapeutic feeding centre and training centre in Ibn Khaldoon Hospital of Lahj governorate, south of the capital Sana’a. The centres have been completely rehabilitated and furnished by WHO.

Dr Ahmed Shadoul said that the Organization would do its best to advance the health situation in the governorate. “WHO is obligated to offer financial, technical and consultative support to health sector in Lahj,” he said.

Dr Shadoul with the Minister of Health, Lahj governor and Lahj’s health office officials opened several new health projects and visited other health facilities that were maintained, rehabilitated and equipped by the WHO, such as the emergency section and paediatric section of Ibn Khaldoon Hospital. “We admire the health achievements in the governorate and we committed to expanding our support for other districts in Lahj,” he added.

WHO has supported the emergency section in Ibn Khaldoon HospitalWHO is supporting the emergency section in Ibn Khaldoon Hospital Dr._Latifa_Abbas_Nutrition_officer_in_the_WHO_sub-office_of_Aden_talks_to_the_Minister_of_Health_about_the_TFC_in_Aden_and_nutrition_situation_in_the_areaDr Latifa Abbas Nutrition officer in the WHO sub-office of Aden talks to the Minister of Public Health and Population about the theraupetic feeding centre in Aden and the nutrition situation in the area

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 25 235
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Life expectancy 65.7

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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