Cholera outbreak in Yemen kills 1784; 3,44,700 more suspected: WHO
Source :News Bharati English   Date :17-Jul-2017

Sanaa, July 9: Yemen is been suffering from a dual attack, one is from massive civil war and another one from the outbreak of cholera. An outbreak of cholera in Yemen has claimed lives of at least 1784 people while the suspected patients of the disease had reached up to 3,44,700. Notably, Yemen’s major parts are suffering from Cholera since the month of April this year. 22 governorates of Yemen have been suffering from Cholera.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday revealed that the cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed at least 1784 people in the space of just three and half months. WHO further said in the report that hygiene conditions are worsening amid a prolonged civil war and the number of confirmed and suspected patients of the disease had reached more than 3,44,700.

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However, the average daily number of cases over the last week in July was just over 1,800, said the report.  Yemen’s four most affected governorate are Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Amran and Hajjah with 49.6% of the cases reported since 27 April 2017. Amran and Al Mahwit governorates had the highest attack rates and Raymah governorate the highest case fatality ratio.

Unfortunately, the capital Sanaa was worst hit, with 34.6 percent of the cases, followed by the surrounding province with 12 percent, the data showed. Cases were also reported in Yemen's other major cities too which includes Hodeidah, Hajjah, Ibb, Taiz and Aden. 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.

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.