At least 5000 Yemenis falling sick every day due to outbreak of cholera: WHO
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 23-Jul-2017

Sanaa, July 23: Yemen is facing the world's largest cholera outbreak as the disastrous disease has claimed lives of at least 1,837 people while the suspected patients of the disease had reached up to 3,72,900.  Notably, 91.3% parts of Yemen are suffering from Cholera since the month of April this year with 5000 Yemenis are falling sick every day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday revealed that the cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed at least 1837 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 3,72,900.

WHO further revealed that as many as 5000 Yemenis are falling sick every day- the majority of them children and the elderly. Children aged 15 and under accounted for 41 percent of all suspected cases, and people aged over 60 for 33 percent of all deaths. 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.

Meanwhile, UN agencies, including WHO and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), are scaling up access to clean water and sanitation and setting up treatment centres for oral rehydration therapy and other measures. The response is also focused on providing food as the country remains on the verge of famine. Seventeen million people are currently hungry in the war-torn country, making them more vulnerable to catching the bacteria.

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.

In 2011, some 719,377 suspected cases of cholera were recorded in Haiti, and 8,767 people died, according to national figures cited by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 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.