WHO reports 420 cholera deaths, 42,000 suspected cases in Yemen

WHO reports 420 cholera deaths, 42,000 suspected cases in Yemen

The World Health Organization Office said that the cholera death toll has increased to 420 deaths, upto Thursday, most of which were recorded in the central province of Ibb, while the number of suspected cases has come to 42,207.


The organization said in a statement that there were 57 death cases in Ibb province, and 52 deaths in the provinces of Hajjah and Amran, north of the country.


Of the total 19 provinces where cholera cases have been registered, no deaths were recorded in the provinces of Lahj, Saada, Marib and Shabwa.


The number of cholera suspected cases has also risen to 42,207 cases, with the capital Sana’a registering the highest figures at 10,276 cases, while the recently cholera-infected Shabwa province, southeast of the country, had registered the lowest number of suspected cases at only 5.


The United Nations has announced that Yemen is currently going through the worst outbreak of cholera epidemic in its history.


The cholera epidemic continues to spread throughout Yemen at an unprecedented pace, affecting the men, women and children who have been suffering for more than two years from the consequences of the armed conflict that is causing the collapse of the state apparatus and the public security system,” said Jamie McGoldrick, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.


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