Disastrous Cholera in Yemen affects 4,63,000 people: WHO
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 09-Aug-2017

Sanaa, August 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 1940 people while the suspected patients of the disease had reached up to 4,63,000.

 

Notably, 91.3% parts of Yemen are suffering from Cholera since the month of April this year including 22 governorates. Still, 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) recently revealed that the cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed at least 1940 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 4,63,000. WHO further revealed that as many as 5000 Yemenis are falling sick every day- the majority of them children and the elderly.

Yemen’s four most affected governorates 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.

However, 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.