Diseases in Yemen

I was asked on a Damaaj post which was still posted on my homeschooling site, whether or not we had experienced any cases personally with malaria or tuberculosis while in Damaaj.

No, alhamdulillah, no problems with those two diseases for us while we were there. I did here of someone with Yellow Fever, and a few I think with Hepatitis B.

Our only medical problem that we had there was (and I am not sure of the name for it, though I have come across it, it may be “Myiasis”) was that “bugs” (I thought it was flies, but am not sure) may land on open cuts and lay their eggs in there.  My stepson, at age four months, had this happen to him and I had heard of another case of this while we were there. He had a hard, red bump on his chest.  My husband knew what it was right away as I think he had heard of someone with this problem and he took him to the clinic there. 

He said that the doctor extracted a white wormlike “creature” that was the width of his pinky finger!
My oldest two children both had a round, crusty bump both on their knees. But we just kind of poked around and put peroxide on it and it seemed to be the end of them (I am not advocating this though, it is best to go to the doctor, Allahu ilm).



I did come across this article in the Yemen Times which stated that 60% of the Yemeni population is at risk for Malaria:


“Recently, Yemen is subjected to many diseases and epidemics attack such as dengue fever, polio, and hepatitis. However, Malaria was and is still the biggest health challenge in Yemen. Dr. Mohammed Alnumi, Yemeni health minister, has revealed that 60 percent of Yemeni population at risk of Malaria, according to the last population statistics in last December, which estimated the population of Yemen to be around 19.7 million. ”

Malaria is a chronic disease caused by parasites and spread through the bite of the female Anopheles Mosquito. This disease characterized by chills, shaking, and periodic bouts of intense fever. In recent years, malaria has become more difficult to control and treat because malaria parasites have become resistant to drugs, and mosquitoes that transmit the disease have become resistant to insecticides.

 You can read the rest of the article here: http://www.yementimes.com/article.shtml?i=901&p=health&a=1



Again, not sure if this is the same thing as what I explained in the beginning of the post, but it sounds similar: http://www.yementimes.com/article.shtml?i=1135&p=front&a=1