A number of health organizations from around the world are worried that Yemen may soon start facing a massive cholera outbreak. The country, already affected by a ravaging war, is already fighting against cholera as well.
The United Nations’ WHO or World Health Organization reported that there are over 29,300 suspected cases of the infection. These are spread over 19 of the 22 provinces of the country. Also, the possibly most affected area is the capital city, Sana’a. There are over 6,000 potential cases of cholera, and a state of emergency has already been declared.
The organization is fearing a massive cholera outbreak as the number of cases is spreading at an “unprecedented speed” across the country. 315 people have already died because of the infection.
The WHO is not the Only One Fearing a Massive Cholera Outbreak in Yemen
Last Friday, WHO released a statement claiming that the country may have to face even as much as 300,000 cholera cases over the next six months. These could also result in an “extremely high” number of dead people.
Doctors Without Borders also pointed out the alarming situation. Ghassan Abou Chaar, the Yemen mission head released a statement concerning the possibility of a massive cholera outbreak.
“To bring the outbreak under control, it won’t be enough simply to treat those people who reach medical facilities. We also need to address the source of the disease, by improving water and sanitation and working in communities to prevent new cases.”
Doctors Without Borders reported having treated 3,092 people in both their four cholera treatment centers as well as nine infection treatment units. The organization’s teams are also looking forward to receiving a delivery of over 63 tons of supplies sometime these next days.
Cholera requires an immediate replacement of the fluids and salts lost through the manifestation of its symptoms. But WHO reports that many Yemenis lack access to clean water, food, and medications. More than half of Yemen’s medical facilities are said to be unavailable as they are not operating.
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