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.
By /Christian Megan
The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April.
The overall caseload nationwide has declined since early July, particularly in the worst affected areas. But suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease continue to rage across the country, infecting an estimated 5000 people per day.
The spread of cholera has slowed significantly in some areas compared to peak levels but the disease is still spreading fast in more recently affected districts, which are recording large numbers of cases.
Yemen's cholera epidemic, currently the largest in the world, has spread rapidly due to deteriorating hygiene and sanitation conditions and disruptions to the water supply across the country. Millions of people are cut off from clean water, and waste collection has ceased in major cities.
A collapsing health system is struggling to cope, with more than half of all health facilities closed due to damage, destruction or lack of funds. Shortages in medicines and supplies are persistent and widespread and 30 000 critical health workers have not been paid salaries in nearly a year.
"Yemen’s health workers are operating in impossible conditions. Thousands of people are sick, but there are not enough hospitals, not enough medicines, not enough clean water. These doctors and nurses are the backbone of the health response – without them we can do nothing in Yemen. They must be paid their wages so that they can continue to save lives," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
WHO and partners are working around the clock to set up cholera treatment clinics, rehabilitate health facilities, deliver medical supplies, and support the national health response effort.
More than 99% of people sick with suspected cholera who can access health services are surviving. Furthermore, nearly 15 million people are unable to get basic healthcare.
"To save lives in Yemen today we must support the health system, especially the health workers. And we urge the Yemeni authorities – and all those in the region and elsewhere who can play a role – to find a political solution to this conflict that has already caused so much suffering. The people of Yemen cannot bear it much longer – they need peace to rebuild their lives and their country," said Dr. Tedros.
It is worth to remind that Castle Journal has been ahead for weeks when it broke all the borders and announced the true figure number of suspected patients with cholera which confirmed by the World Health Organization later.
And we mentioned that there are good reasons led to the high preparation of the injured and what is likely to a greater disaster if the international forces did not intervene to save the Yemeni people from the risk of cholera.
In this report Castle Journal has noticed that the collapse of the infrastructure and the lack of clean drinking water for human use and mixing with sewage water, as well as the destruction of all sewage networks and water stations because of the war there between the two sides of the Yemeni nation led to the aggravation of the situationCastle Journal mentioned that the most rugged areas of the mountains are difficult for the Yemeni medical team and the World Health Organization to reach them and also because of the fighting and conflict in those areas