Yemen UN agency warns of deteriorating health situation amid ongoing fighting

Briefing reporters in Geneva earlier today, WHO’s Tarik Jašarevic said sources within Yemen’s Ministry of Health were warning about the possible collapse of health services as clinics and hospitals around the country struggle to function while facing medicine and health supply shortages. Power cuts and fuel shortages were also threatening to disrupt the UN agency’s ongoing vaccine operation, he said, leaving millions of children under the age of five unvaccinated and at increased risk of communicable diseases like measles and polio. In addition, limited access to safe water has also led to a spike in cases of bloody diarrhoea in children below five, as well as increased cases of measles and suspected malaria.Before the current conflict exploded, Yemen was ranked 50th out of 194 countries in terms of highest under five mortality rate which, he said, added to the burden already facing the country’s children. According to the UN’s overview of the situation on the ground, the fighting in Yemen has steadily escalated in recent weeks, spreading throughout the country and into urban areas and residential neighbourhoods.Civilian infrastructure has reportedly been destroyed as airstrikes and shelling have hit hospitals, schools, airports and mosques. At the same time, reports of serious human rights violations being committed are also emerging.Mr. Jašarevic also warned that as of 17 April health facilities across the country had reported 944 deaths and 3,487 injured – a significant increase in casualty figures since the last reporting period. read more

May 2004 new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT releases figures for May pre-registrations in the UK car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in May 2004 that were defined as pre-registrations. The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)