Medical Oxygen Production May Stop due to Lack of Fuel
Hospitals and oxygen factories in Yemen have warned that production of medical oxygen may stop, revealing that their production has decreased to 45% as a result of the detention of fuel ships by the Saudi-Emirati coalition.
The warning came during a press conference on Sunday for 13 hospitals to highlight the effects of the US-Saudi detention of fuel ships on the productivity of medical oxygen in Yemen.
“The Health Office received a letter about a month ago carrying a distress call from the oxygen factories demanding access to fuel,” said Mutahar al-Marwani, Director General of the Health Office in Sanaa, indicating that the ministry could not do much.
Al-Marwani considered that the Security Council, which legalized the siege with UN Resolution 2216, is concerned with lifting the siege and issuing a binding resolution to do so and saving the lives of millions in Yemen.
For his part, Murad Al-Jabri, owner of a medical oxygen factory, pointed to the suffering in obtaining fuel at high costs, while the Petroleum Company is unable to meet demand due to the detention of its ships at sea.
While the statement of the oxygen factories in Yemen indicated that, the level of supplying the medical oxygen factories with fuel decreased during the current January and February to 85%.
The statement confirmed that the oxygen production had decreased to 45% as a result of the coalition’s seizure of fuel ships.
“The situation has become dangerous in the intensive care, respiratory and life-saving departments,” the statement confirmed, stressing that the oxygen factories are sounding the alarm, with their production declining from 6242 cylinders to 3433 oxygen cylinders.
The statement called on the United Nations, its envoy to Yemen, and international organizations to put pressure on Saudi-led coalition to allow the entry of fuel ships, lift the blockade, and avoid the catastrophic situation.