Thousands of Yemen dialysis patients risk death: ICRC

Thousands of Yemenis suffering from kidney failure risk dying unless dialysis centres receive more supplies and their staff are paid, the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) said Tuesday (January 6th).

In a statement, the ICRC said "an astonishing 25% of dialysis patients in Yemen have died every year since conflict began in 2015", AFP reported.

"More dialysis supplies, functioning dialysis machines, and funding for staff salaries are urgently needed to ensure the mortality rate does not rise further for Yemen's 4,400 renal failure patients," the ICRC said.

"Without dialysis treatment, the outcome is fatal," said Alexandre Faite, the ICRC's head of delegation in Yemen.

Four dialysis centres have closed in Yemen since the war started, and the remaining 28 struggle to provide services, with broken machines, a lack of essential supplies and unpaid staff, the ICRC said.

Many patients have cut back to two sessions a week instead of the recommended three.

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