23 Dead As Cholera Epidemic Hits Yemen’s Taiz

23 Dead As Cholera Epidemic Hits Yemen’s Taiz

ADEN, Yemen, March 30 (NNN-SABA) – A total of 23 people died in March, following a cholera outbreak that hit Yemen’s south-western province of Taiz.

Abdul Rahim Samai, director of Public Health and Population Department in Taiz, said, nearly 5,488 suspected cholera cases have been registered since Jan.

The health authorities recorded 335 cases of confirmed cholera, 23 of which have resulted in the death of the patients, he said.

All the deaths have been recorded since the beginning of March and that 80 percent of the suspected cholera cases were recorded this month only, in various areas of Taiz province, the health official confirmed.

Two years after Yemen suffered its worst cholera outbreak, the number of reported suspected cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhea spiked in recent weeks.

Data collected by the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population, with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO), indicates that 109,000 suspected cases and 190 associated deaths were recorded between Jan 1, 2019 and March 17.

About one-third of the cases are children under five, according to the statements.

The internal conflict raging between the Yemeni government forces and the Houthi rebels has entered into its fifth year this week.

The epidemic in Yemen has set the world’s highest record with the infection of one million people and over 2,000 have been confirmed dead since 2017, according to WHO.– NNN-SABA


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