Cholera is normally an easily treatable disease that is spread through contaminated water and food. But in a war-torn country, something that can be so simple becomes much less simple leading to a spread of a deadly illness. In Yemen, some areas have garbage piled in the streets, salaries are going unpaid, there is a shortage of supplies, and infrastructure is collapsing.
Here is a look at the recent happenings on this disease that started rapidly spreading less than a month ago.
From Anadolu Agency:
According to a statement from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the death toll due to cholera has risen to 350. The cholera outbreak began only on April 27th, so less than a month ago. The number of registered cholera cases has reached 30,000.
The World Health Organization says that the cholera outbreak is spreading at an alarming rate. Yemen’s capital city Sana’a has been the hardest hit so far.
Save the Children fears thousands of people could die of the easily treatable disease, and said more than two million malnourished children are particularly at risk.
From Gulf Times:
One mother describes the situation as a disaster and the Houthi in Sana’a have declared a state of emergency.
A nurse sits in a narrow corridor taking blood samples from new arrivals, all of them women and children in what is, in more ordinary times, a maternity hospital. Some patients lie on the floor. Children scream in pain, many of them shockingly thin.
For a country already fighting off famine, uncontrolled cholera could be the last straw. “There is a big gap in the resources needed to respond to the crisis,” said Unicef’s al-Asaadi, explaining that aid agencies are having to fill all the gaps as the Ministry of Health is virtually broke. Unicef has helped al-Sabeen Hospital, for example, move patients out of hallways and into temporary wards.
From Relief Web:
The World Health Organization has warned that within 6 months, the outbreak could affect up to 300,000 people with an extremely high number of deaths.