World Health Organization: 11000 suspected Cholera cases and 124 deaths in 17 governorates

Published on 16 May 2017 in News
Yasser Rayes (author)

Yasser Rayes

A child fills a bottle with contaminated water in Sana'a, Yemen. (Photo: Unicef)

A child fills a bottle with contaminated water in Sana'a, Yemen. (Photo: Unicef)

‏According to the World Health Organization in Yemen, the number of suspected cholera cases is 11000. These suspected cases have been diagnosed with Acute Watery Diarrhea, while the number of deaths caused by Cholera is 124. 

‏According to Alexandre Faite, Head of Delegation at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, there are 184 deaths and 11000 suspected cholera cases.

‏"IV fluid everywhere in hospitals, sometimes in cars parked outside health centers." Twitted Faite on Monday May 15.

‏On May 5, the ICRC had doubled its budget for Yemen to meet increasing humanitarian demand, but the sudden hike in patient numbers have made hospitals in Sana'a unable to accommodate the large number of patients of Acute Watery Diarrhea.

‏"When is last time you saw patients lying under hospital beds and in corridors? " twitted Faite on May 12.

‏A few days ago, the street sweepers in Sana'a ended a strike that lasted for over week, during which trash was piled in every street in Sana'a. After that, heavy rains have left the streets flooded with rain water and trash, the same trash has clogged street drains forcing people to walk through rain water filled with trash that has been under the sun for more than a week.

‏Many observers say that trash in Sana'a was a direct cause of the surge of diarrhea patients. The WHO said there are over 4000 Acute Watery Diarrhea patients in Sana'a alone.

‏Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Representative in Yemen said that " WHO is in full emergency mode to contain the recent upsurge of suspected cholera cases".

‏Cholera is an infectious and often fatal bacterial disease of the small intestine, typically contracted from infected water supplies and causing severe vomiting and diarrhea.