In an old house in the village of Al Ghwadi, Amran governorate, lives Saleha Ali Muhsen, a mother of seven children. Her husband died in mid-May after suffering from #Cholera. Saleha says her husband was in good health and suddenly he suffered from severe vomiting and diarrhea, she sent her children to seek help from a young man living in a village far from their village and has experience in preparing intravenous solutions. He came immediately with one of the solutions and gave it to the husband.
“But he did not improve and died a few hours after the solution was given, his suffering did not last long as he was sick for one day only. At that time we did not know what Cholera was, we began to hear about the disease and its spread, after the death of my husband, some members of the village were sick, but they recovered after giving them intravenous solutions”. Says Saleha.
“My husband worked as daily wager and because the land in our village is not suitable for agriculture, he was going to remote areas to work in the cultivation of earth. We are poor and barely find our daily food. We were in the past relying on the little money my husband was earning and we were getting some food from the neighbors hoping that we can return it when my husband earns some money. Now that my husband died, no one is supporting us any more”. Saleha says in grief.
Ali, the eldest son of Saleha, is nine years old, he is in the fifth grade at a school near to their home. “I don’t want to leave home and live somewhere else. I am very sad and afraid of death after seeing my father die before my eyes”.
Amran Governorate is just to the north of the capital Sana’a.
According to Xinhua News, there are more than 300,000 suspected cases of cholera and that the war is making it difficult to get aid to the most affected areas, including Amran governorate.
According to Aljazeera, the quickly approaching rainy season could exacerbate the situation.
“The rainy season has just started and may increase the paths of transmission. Sustained efforts are required to stop the spread of this disease.”
The WHO reported 368,207 suspected cases and 1,828 deaths in the Arabian Peninsula country since late April.