Sana’a, June 11: Yemen, the civil war-torn country is now in the grip of epidemic of cholera with as many as 789 people losing their life and 100,000 suspected cases of contagion, according to Tarik Jasarevic, World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesperson. He said, “101,820 possible cancers and 789 deaths have been reported to date in 19 different provinces.”
In recent days, the WHO experts had launched the alarm, speaking of a real emergency, with up to 250,000 people at risk of being infected within the next six months.
In a statement published on Saturday, Oxfam Director Sajjad Mohammed Sajid pointed that at the moment in the Arab country there is a cholera victim every hour. “Yemen - added the expert - is on the edge of a precipice” and if the international community does not intervene drastically to limit the epidemic it will end up “threatening the lives of thousands of people in the coming months.”
A “ceasefire” and the restoration of humanitarian assistance are essential to stopping the epidemic. The spread of cholera is being fuelled by poor sanitary conditions and the shortage of medical facilities. Over half of hospitals and clinics in the country have been seriously destroyed or damaged in the conflict and are almost unusable.
Since January 2015, Yemen has been fought over in a bloody civil war pitting the country’s predominantly Sunni leadership, led by former President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by Saudi Arabia, and Shia Houthi rebels, close to Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
In March 2015, a Saudi-led Arab coalition began carrying out air strikes against the rebels, which the United Nations criticised because of the civilian casualties they provoked, including children.
So far, more than 8,000 people have died, more than 44,000 injured and 3 million displaced.