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Number Of Yemen Cholera Cases Increasing At Alarming Pace، According To WHO Report

Tuesday 09/October/2018 - 09:31 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
The World Health Organization revealed on Tuesday، Oct. 2، that the cholera outbreak in Yemen is getting worse، with 10،000 new cases reported every week، as the Technical Times said.
Tarik Jasarevic، the spokesperson for WHO، said that the suspected cholera cases reported into September rose to 185،160. In comparison، from January to August، the suspected cholera cases reached 154،527.
"We have been seeing the number of cholera cases increasing in Yemen since June،" he stated. "This increase has been even more important in the last three weeks."
In the first week of September alone، nearly 11،000 suspected cases were reported. Public health officials blame the rapid increase of cholera cases in Yemen to the Saudi Arabia-United Arab Emirates military offensive in June that damaged sanitation facilities and water stations.
The most affected area، Hodeidah، a port city، saw a significant increase in suspected cases of cholera، from 497 in June to 1،342 in August.
"The situation in Hodeidah has become unbearable because of the conflict،" said Save the Children Hodeidah field manager، Mariam Aldogani. " I'm seeing more and more children coming in with suspected cholera."
WHO said that children account for 30 percent of cholera infections. On the other hand، the U.N. Children's Fund said that 1.8 million children in Yemen are malnourished and vulnerable to the disease.

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