People are arriving late to our hospital
The centre that we run in the city is the only dedicated COVID-19 centre for the whole of southern Yemen.
From April 30 to May 17 we admitted 173 patients, at least 68 of whom have died. Many patients are arriving at the centre already suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome, making it hard to save their lives and suggesting that many more people are sick at home.
Government burial statistics also reveal that as many as 80 people have been dying in the city per day in the past week, up from a pre-outbreak normal of 10. Furthermore, the number of healthcare professionals we are treating in the centre and the many members of our own staff that are sick has gone up.
“What we are seeing in our treatment centre is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the number of people infected and dying in the city,” said Caroline Seguin, MSF’s operations manager for Yemen. “People are coming to us too late to save, and we know that many more people are not coming at all: they are just dying at home. It is a heart-breaking situation.”