Recent Cholera Outbreak in Yemen Kills 300

Recent Cholera Outbreak in Yemen Kills 300

ACTNews, TAIZ – Yemen has been afflicted by series of cholera outbreaks that have threatened the lives of Yemeni civilians sice the beginning of the war four years ago. Vice News reported that the number of the suspected cases doubled in March compared to the previous months. As reported by Vice, in January, there were 39,000 reported cases of cholera, and 32,000 cholera cases were reported in February. The number spiked in March, with 76,152 new suspected cases and 195 deaths. Some 40,000 cases were reported between just March 13 and March 26, marking 150 percent increase over the same period

The outbreak concentrated in six areas, including Hodeidah and Ibb. The warm, wet weather and the failing health system created perfect condition for the disease to spread. Al-Jazeera reported that 300 have been killed by the outbreak. The UN fears that the recent cholera outbreak will be as bad as the outbreak in 2017 that killed 3,000 people.

In the hospital in Taiz, patients filled the hospital rooms. Mohamed Mokharish of Raiz National Hospital stated that they have treated around 1,000 patients. “About 40% have tested positive for cholera. It’s a crisis for the local government of Taiz,” said Mokharish.

Proper healthcare has been a luxury in Yemen; one of the problems is limited amount of medicines. Yasen Ali, the father of a boy who was being treated in Taiz hospital, said that the medicine prescribed for his son is not available at the hospital, and that they have to go looking for it outside in pharmacies. Umm Mohammed, a mother of a cholera patient, said that the hospital laboratory does not provide the test that they need. It costs her 7-15 USD to perform the test outside the hospital.

“We don’t even have enough money to pay for the transportation to get here. How can I pay this?” said Umm Mohammed.

Cholera is spread mainly through polluted food and water. The damaged infrastructure in the country make the condition prone to contamination. []

Picture sources: Al Jazeera, ACT



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