Covid-19: 7,500 migrants targeted by a vaccination campaign in Yemen (IOM)


The UN agency welcomed “the government’s commitment to protect migrants against Covid-19”, while there are still not enough doses to protect everyone against this disease in Yemen.

“Vaccination of people on the move is essential to fight the spread of the disease,” said IOM Representative in Yemen, Christa Rottensteiner, calling for “increased support from the international community to supply the country with large quantities of vaccines. sufficient will save lives ”.

Vaccinated migrants will receive vaccination documents that will allow them easier access to health facilities.

Since April, the UN Agency has supported the efforts of the Ministry of Health to vaccinate populations at risk and difficult to reach. These include health workers, people with chronic diseases and the elderly, who were vaccinated at IOM-supported health centers in Aden, Ma’rib and Ta governorates. ‘iz.

More than 10,000 cases of Covid-19 including 1,972 deaths

More than 10,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Yemen including 1,972 deaths. According to a count established on December 2, 2021 by the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 786,027 doses of vaccine had been administered in this country on the Arabian Peninsula.

The conflict in Yemen pits the Houthi rebels against the forces of the Yemeni government, supported since 2015 by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia. According to IOM, seven years of conflict in Yemen weakened the health system, which was already in peril before the virus reached the country.

IOM estimates that 36,000 migrants have been stranded on their journey due to mobility restrictions linked to the coronavirus, including nearly 3,500 in Ma’rib.

“Many sleep on the streets or in overcrowded and unsanitary housing where the virus can easily spread,” said Ms. Rottensteiner, recalling that “vaccination is all the more crucial in places like Ma’rib where the conflict is in course continues to weaken health structures and disrupt the drug supply chain ”.

In addition, over the past three months, IOM has organized sensitization sessions among migrants to disseminate accurate information and debunk misconceptions about vaccines. So far this year, more than 135,000 people have been reached by the awareness sessions and more than 400,000 people have been screened for Covid-19 in health centers supported by IOM.  

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