WHO: 166 people died of cholera in Yemen, 97 000 infected since the beginning of 2019

WHO: 166 people died of cholera in Yemen, 97 000 infected since the beginning of 2019


The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday revealed that 166 Yemeni citizens have died of cholera in various parts of the country since the beginning of 2019.

Statistics from the WHO office in Yemen published by Kuwaiti News agency reported that 97101 cases of acute watery diarrhea were recorded from the beginning of the year to March 14.

The province of Ibb  central Yemen has topped the number of deaths from the new cholera pandemic, with 33 deaths, followed by Raima 26, and Dhamar 20 cases, then Amran and Sana'a, 15 and 14 deaths respectively.

The organization pointed to the high mortality rates among women with 86 deaths out of 50395 cases, which represented 51.9 % of the total cases suspected of the disease.

Older persons and children were the age groups most likely to die according to the disease.

Fears of a third wave of cholera epidemics are growing as the rainy season enters the deteriorating health services.

"The disease is now endemic in most areas of the country, which means it will continue to emerge for years," said an advisor of WHO office in Yemen who preferred anonymity.

The fight against the pandemic required improving water and sanitation systems, providing potable water, improving infrastructure and raising awareness of the importance of personal hygiene and safe disposal of residues and waste.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded 2743 cases of cholera deaths from nearly 1.4 million since the outbreak in Yemen in April 2017 and until the end of 2018.


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