Cholera outbreak death toll in Yemen rises to 180

Barsaba Taglieri
Mag 16, 2017

Saba said that a total of 8,595 suspected cholera cases were documented in Sanaa and other provinces between April 27 and May 13, while lab cases confirmed 213 of them.

Sanaa, the capital of Yemin, has been declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of cholera killed scores of people, the media reported on Monday.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015, in a war that has killed more than 10,000 civilians.

Rebels controlling the Yemeni capital of Sanaa have declared a state of emergency and asked for global help to try to deal with a cholera outbreak that has killed dozens and infected thousands in the last week. Since the beginning of the war, more than 10,000 people have been killed mostly due to air strikes that take place nearly on a daily basis in the country.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said a cholera outbreak has killed 51 people in Yemen since April.

The number of suspected cases in the country has tripled in a week to more than 8,500, it said.

Residents of Sanaa "need to follow the guidelines, like cleaning fruits and vegetables very well and not eating uncovered foods that might be polluted", said Jameel Nashir, Yemen's health chief at the World Health Organisation.

The United Nations has warned 17 million people - equivalent to two-thirds of the population - are at imminent risk of starvation in Yemen.

Saba news agency quoted the Houthi-run administration's health minister, Mohammed Salem Bin Hafeedh, saying.

The ministry, after meeting in Sanaa with UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick and other global officials, called on worldwide humanitarian organizations and aid donors to help it avert an "unprecedented disaster". Apart from these two, other major cities such as Aden, Taiz, and Hodeidah are also impacted.

Worldwide relief agencies on Sunday warned of a catastrophic humanitarian situation and urged citizens to exercise hygiene precautions. Acute diarrhoea and vomiting are some of the main symptoms of the disease.

"We are putting four patients in each bed, and have placed extra beds in tents and under trees in the garden", Mr al Najjar said, adding that rain had frustrated their arrangements.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) expressed fears that health authorities alone will not be able to deal with the outbreak.

In the statement, the ministry sent urgent call to all global organizations to help assist in combating the unprecedented disaster in the capital and all other provinces.

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