Cholera outbreak in Yemen kills at least 1265; 1,92,983 more suspected: WHO
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 24-Jun-2017

Sanaa, June 9: An outbreak of cholera in Yemen is worsening day by day as the dangerous disease killed over 1265 people in a time period from 27th of April this year to till now. However, the suspected patients of the disease had reached up to 1,92,983. Notably, Yemen’s major parts are suffering from Cholera since the month of April this year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday revealed shocking data that the cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed over 1265 people in a time period of three months. “The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has risen to more than 1,92,983,” WHO added in its report.

Yemen’s four most affected governorate are Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Amran and Hajjah with 49.6% (95 735/192 983) of the cases reported since 27 April 2017. Amran and Al Mahwit governorates had the highest attack rates (13.5 and 12.8 ‰ respectively), and Raymah governorate the highest case fatality ratio (1.8%).

However, Al Hali (Al Hudaydah gov., 9 148 cases, 17 deaths), Bani Al Harith (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 6 047 cases, 10 deaths), Ma’ain (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 5 868, 7 deaths) and As Sabain (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 4 920 cases, 9 deaths) were still the four most affected districts.

The international community has come forward to provide aid to cholera hit Yemen but still not efficient as the numbers of patients are increasing effectively. Recently, the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) of Saudi Arabia launched a land convoy carrying 778 tons of food, medical and shelter supplies to Yemeni provinces as it is suffering drastically due to an outbreak of cholera.

Earlier, the United Nation has called Yemen "the largest humanitarian crisis in the world" and on the other side World Health Organization classified Yemen as one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world alongside Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and Iraq.

Interestingly, an epidemic late last year faded but outbreaks are frequent and made worse by the degrading of health and sanitation systems by more than two years of civil war that has also killed at least 10,000 people and displaced millions.