Cholera outbreak in Yemen kills 1,992; 4,19,804 more suspected: WHO
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 30-Jul-2017

Sanaa, July 23: Yemen is facing the world's largest cholera outbreak as the disastrous disease has claimed lives of at least 1,992 people while the suspected patients of the disease had reached up to 4,19,804. 

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 highest number of fatalities was reported from the province of Hajjah and the Red Sea port city of Hodeida.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday revealed that the cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed at least 1,992 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 4,19,804. “The epidemic has been "increasing at an average of 5,000 a day", WHO said.

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. Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross has expected the suspected cases of cholera in Yemen to reach 600,000 by the end of 2017.

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.

According to WHO, fewer than 45 percent of the country's hospitals are operational, but even the operational ones are coping with huge challenges, especially the lack of medications, medical equipment and staff.

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.

BACKGROUND

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.