United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has crossed one million.
urging greater efforts to tackle the outbreak and deal with the deteriorating health situation in the war-torn nation.
“The epidemic is not yet over and more concerted efforts need to be deployed to ensure that it is controlled in the immediate term and prevented from reoccurring in the near future,” WHO spokesperson Tarik Jašarevic told a press briefing in Geneva.
Responding to the deadly outbreak in late April, WHO set up treatment centres, provided supplies, trained health workers, and worked with local communities on ways to prevent the disease.
These efforts resulted in tens of thousands of lives being saved.
According to WHO, 99.7 per cent of the people who became sick with suspected cholera and who could access health services survived.
The UN agency continues to support dehydration treatment centres across the country as well as collect stool samples for lab testing, transport them to labs, meet operational costs and make available supplies and reagents.
It also continues surveillance, detection and treatment work.