Disastrous outbreak of cholera in Yemen claims at least 1706 precious life: WHO
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 09-Jul-2017

Sanaa, July 9: Disastrous outbreak of cholera still continues to kill people in Yemen in large number since the end of April this year. An outbreak of cholera in Yemen has claimed the life of at least 1706 people since 27th of April while the suspected patients of the disease had reached up to 2,97,438. Yemen’s 22 governorates have been suffering from Cholera.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday revealed the data that said, a cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed at least 1706 people in a time period of three and half months. “The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has risen to more than 2,97,438,” WHO added in its latest 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, and Raymah governorate the highest case fatality ratio. However, Al Hali, Bani Al-Harith, Ma’ain and As Sabain are still the four most affected districts. Yemen’s capital Sanaa is worst hit by cholera epidemic with 34.6 percent of the cases.

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.

In the last week, the United Nations said children account for half of the registered cases to date and about a quarter of the recorded fatalities. Although the disease is easily treatable, in Yemen, it  has proved difficult due to the worst health system and sanitation systems since two years.

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.