Pestilence Update

Yemen in Focus: Tragedy strikes pregnant mothers and newborns

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Yemen in Focus: Tragedy strikes pregnant mothers and newborns

More than a 1,000 newborns have died in just two years [Getty]

Date of publication: 26 April, 2019. The New Arab.

A new report by Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF] this week has revealed that sick children and pregnant women in Yemen’s third largest city, Taiz, are struggling to get access to medical care, resulting in the untimely deaths of more than a thousand of the country’s most vulnerable. 

Conditions set up as a result of the conflict, including the lack of functioning health facilities, difficulties in reaching them, and inability to afford alternatives, has led to the death of at least 36 mothers and 1,529 children between 2016 and 2018.

The figures focused on just two hospitals, including MSF’s Taiz Houban hospital in Taiz governorate, and the MSF-supported Abs hospital in the Hajjah governorate, the organisation said.

“Many people have to cross frontlines, pass through no-man’s land or negotiate their way through multiple checkpoints in order to reach a hospital that is still functional,” the organisation said, noting that 1,018 of the total number of children that died were newborns.

A journey to the hospital that would usually have taken patients just 10 minutes has been increased to six hours because of the war.

“This distance from medical care is a big problem,” says Sadeqa, a MSF midwife at Abs hospital. “Patients are prevented from travelling because of airstrikes and clashes, and they do not go out at night because they are afraid they could be attacked. Once a car was hit by an airstrike, killing everyone inside.”  

Most medical services, which were relatively affordable, were provided by private health facilities prior to the conflict. But the situation is very different for Yemenis living through the war today.

“The ability of Yemenis to access healthcare of any kind has dramatically diminished, as the conflict has ravaged the economy and devalued people’s savings, leaving the vast majority dependent on what limited public healthcare is available,” the report said.

Cholera resurgence

But violence is not the only battle facing Yemenis in the region’s poorest state.

Earlier this week, Oxfam warned Yemen risks a “massive resurgence” of cholera, with around 195,000 suspected cases of the disease recorded so far this year. 

“Fears that the world’s worst cholera outbreak could be set for a massive resurgence are growing,” the relief organisation said on Thursday. Aid agencies were struggling to reach suspected cases, it added.

Oxfam pointed to “fighting and restraints on access, including checkpoints and permit requirements imposed by the warring parties”, and warned the coming rainy season was likely to accelerate the spread of the disease.

The waterborne bacterial infection has claimed more than 3,000 lives in Yemen since the outbreak began in 2016, according to Oxfam. 

Last month, the UN’s humanitarian coordination office OCHA said that children under the age of five make up nearly a third of this year’s cases.

The spike, which comes two years after Yemen suffered its worst cholera outbreak, was concentrated in six governorates including in the Red Sea port of Hodeida and Sanaa province, both combat zones, it said.

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