Houthis exploit COVID-19 for imposing illegal fees on private health businesses

Houthis exploit COVID-19 for imposing illegal fees on private health businesses

Alsahwa Net- The Houthis imposed illegal fees on private health businesses under the pretext of supporting COVID-19 preventive measures.

Local sources in Sana’a quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat Daily Newspaper said that the Houthis officials carried out field visits to medical facilities and pharmacies for collection of the illegal fees.

Each medical business is forced to pay between YR300,000 to 1,000,000 ($500-1,666) according to health professionals cited by the paper.

The Houthis say that the money will be used for health education on the COVID-19 prevention.

So far, the Houthis militants have forced 40 private hospitals, 250 medical centers and hundreds of pharmacies to pay the illegal fees.

Houthis officials accompanied by gunmen shut down several medical facilities that failed to pay the illegal fees.

The Houthis said that the closed medical facilities do not apply recommended health measures against the COVID-19 at work.

“The Houthis always extort us to pay money that goes to pockets of their corrupt officials despite our application of the health measures against the COVID-19,” one doctor said.

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