ADEN, YEMEN: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) recently concluded a comprehensive five-month emergency response project in the Aden governorate to combat dengue fever.
The campaign, entitled “Your Awareness is the Best Prevention”, included three main activities: combating disease vectors through the implementation of fogging campaigns, draining stagnant water, and carrying out community media awareness activities.
The Director of the Al Awn Foundation for Development, Mr. Abdullah bin Othman, stated that the project, which coincided with the activities of International Volunteer Day, aimed to honor everyone who participated in implementing the activities, programs and events included in the Aden project. He added that KSrelief has focused the project’s first phase on six governorates, raising awareness on the importance of dengue fever prevention measures. The second phase of the project targeted the health and humanitarian needs of all Aden districts.
Saleh Al Thaibani, Head of KSrelief’s branch office in Aden, stated that the project aimed to raise community awareness of the importance of preventing febrile illnesses that have spread in Aden in the past. He added that the project is part of the continuous support being provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Yemen’s health sector, including providing the drug supply program with medicines and medical supplies, providing medical relief assistance to address COVID-19, and operating the Artificial Limbs Centers in the governorates of Aden, Taiz, Ma’rib, and Hadramawt.
Mr. Al Thaibani added that last November, KSrelief launched a volunteer project to combat blindness in the country, performing 2,800 procedures to remove cataracts and implant lenses. The center also sponsored a school health care promotion project.
Dr. Zakaria Bazraa, director of the emergency response project to combat dengue fever, highlighted its importance in fighting the disease, adding that about 828,282 residents benefitted from the fogger campaigns across all eight Aden districts. He addressed the importance of the process of draining rain and swamp water; the project used six 12,000-17,000 cubic meter capacity pumping vehicles to remove the water. Another important component of the effort is to spread community awareness about dengue fever prevention. Volunteer youth campaigns, with some 80 volunteers, carried out 8 public education initiatives targeting 121,964 residents.