Cholera outbreak in Yemen kills 2048, while 6,12,009 more suspected
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 06-Sep-2017

Sana’a, September 6: Yemen is continuously suffering from the dual attack i.e civil war and another one from the outbreak of cholera. Therefore, 2048 peoples have lost their lives while suspected cholera cases have reached to 6,12,009 due to the massive outbreak of cholera in the whole country since April 2017. Though the World Bank announced US$200 million grant to support Yemen but not enough yet.

 

The whole country is suffering very badly due to cholera. 22 out of 23 governorates except for Socotra i.e 96% while 300 out of 333 districts i.e 90% are affected by cholera. The fatality case rates have gone by 0.33%. Children and the elderly are the affected at the worst as more than 42% of the suspected cases since the outbreak and a quarter of the deaths are children, while old people represent 32% of fatalities.

Yemen’s four most affected governorates are Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Amran and Hajjah with 50% 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, at least 3000 people per day are infected and affected due to cholera.

Meanwhile, the World Bank announced US$200 million grant to support Yemen as it struggles to contain one of the world’s largest cholera outbreaks. The financial assistance of US$200 million to support Yemen to strengthen the country's health, water and sanitation systems, addressing the source of the epidemic and improving systems to prevent future outbreaks.


Also, the other International community such as World Health Organization and United Nations are working hard in the country to get rid of cholera but are failed due to lack of medicines, resources and clean water. Yemen's cholera epidemic, which the largest in the world, has spread rapidly due to deteriorating hygiene and sanitation conditions and disruptions to the water supply across the country. Millions of people are cut off from clean water, and the waste collection has ceased in major cities.

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. Earlier, 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.