The representatives from Saudi Arab King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Work (KSRelief) have discussed the measures aimed at preventing coronavirus with the Yemeni health authorities. The meeting took place in the presence of the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in the Gulf region, the official Saba News Agency reports.
KSRelief’s delegates and Yemen’s Health Minister Dr Nasser Baoum had a fruitful meeting resulted in describing the ways and schedule of providing healthcare equipment to the war-torn country.
The Yemeni top health official also talked over an executive project proposal with the WHO to secure epidemiological surveillance devices, support laboratories, quarantines and training for Yemeni medical cadres.
The Yemeni health minister praised Saudi Arabia for its aid work in Yemen and expressed hope on continuous help amid spreading of coronavirus. Immediately after the meeting with Saudis, Dr Baoum called on all doctors, technicians, preventive quarantine experts and medical school students to volunteer and support the ministry in its preparations to confront the novel pathogen.
As the Yemeni health minister reiterated, volunteers should head to the ministry’s offices in all governorates so they can coordinate their involvement in efforts to combat the outbreak in the country with no working infrastructure.
Yemen thanked Saudi Arabia for support amid coronavirus outbreak
Yemeni Health Ministry Undersecretary Dr Ali Al-Walidi also reviewed the state of readiness of medical laboratories in Aden and other governorates, the availability of qualified medical staff, practical steps taken to start operating and managing health quarantines in Aden and the consideration of opening isolation centers in public and private hospitals.
Al-Walidi’s meeting with health officials also resulted in launching an awareness campaign about COVID-19 and measures able to minimize the spreading of disease.
The health official called for drafting optimal plans, defining tasks, distributing competencies and working with the WHO as an essential and supportive partner in various health activities amid coronavirus outbreak.