The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that there were about 2000 cholera and acute diarrhea cases reported in Yemen between April 27 and May 7.
With this recent cases the number of people affected by the epidemic reached the number of 26 thousand since October.
The health care system and infrastructure in the country suffering from internal warfare for two years suffered great damage. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 45 percent hospitals in Yemen have been able to provide services while 300 hospitals were damaged or destroyed.
According to WHO’s statement heavy rainfalls have caused masses of garbage to mix with water resources in the country. Unfortunately, cholera is contaminated with dirty water and becomes an epidemic. It appears with symptoms such as vomiting and acute diarrhea. If the patients are not treated on time, they can lose their life within a few hours after being infected. WHO announced that the epidemic prevention has high priority fort hem. On the other hand, the Organization of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has also explained that they established quarantine rooms for patients carrying cholera indications in five hospitals in Yemen. MSF stressed that urgent humanitarian aid is needed in the country. They are worried about the possibility of the epidemic’s spreading and getting out of control.
Beside the cholera epidemic, Yemen lost 8,800 civilians in the conflicts that started in March 2015 between the forces of President Mansur Hadi supported by the coalition under the leadership of Saudi Arabia and the supporters of the Husi rebellion movement.
According to the reports of the United Nations more than 18 million 800 thousand people in the country are in need of help.