By Wafa A.Alkhazzan
Food aid allocated to al-Dali by the World Food Program has caused the death of two children, and injured dozens more, as a result of eating beans that likely gave them a deadly disease. Medical sources say that more than twenty children arrived at the hospital in critical condition, and Dr. Nabil Barti says that the cause of death was the beans, though the disease is still unknown.
Dr. Barti says that the children died of severe anemia, which reduced the effectiveness of their red blood cells by a factor of two or three, followed by acute renal failure. He explained that the Health Bureau is currently investigating the WFP beans to see the type of disease.
The WFP has begun distributing more than eighteen thousand food baskets in order to aid those displaced by violence in al-Dali. National Yemen contacted the WFP, which said that it takes this report very seriously, and that the safety of its commodities are of paramount important. It will investigate the claim thoroughly.
All WFP is checked to ensure that it meets international standards, and all food is additionally certified by the Yemen Bureau of Standards. WFP is conducting an investigation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, and to date, sees no indications that its food is hazardous.
On the other hand, the Epidemiological Monitoring Center in al-Dali said that more than fifty cases of the diseases have appeared not only in al-Dali, but also al-Azariq. Most cases affected children between five and fifteen, and consisted of fever, blood in urine, severe diahrea, as well as anemia, according to a confidential source.
It has not been confirmed whether the beans were infected by pollution, or a virus, but the source said that citizens should stop eating the beans and call the relevant authorities in the Ministry of Health to find out the truth.
The source explained that not all people may become infected, as the beans were eaten in the past to no effect. He advised waiting before making any claims on the matter. Dr. Ameen Abeed Obasi, an internal medicine specialist at the hospital, confirmed these cases.